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How to Use the Midpoint

Storyteller OS users: Clip this video into your Knowledge Base and categorize it under Plot + Structure

In this video, we explore the power of the midpoint in storytelling and how to use it to transform your second act. We start by looking at Gustav Freytag's understanding of the climax and how it relates to the midpoint, before diving into some examples from films like "Parasite" and "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark." By the end, you'll have a thorough understanding of how to use this narrative technique to keep your story on track and build momentum.

Plot + Structure


  • The midpoint is a high point of dramatic conflict that defines the first and second halves of the story.
  • Not all stories have a strong midpoint, but understanding it can help maintain a high level of drama.
  • The midpoint can be used to strengthen the second act of a story.
  • Many stories use a midpoint to dramatically change a character's situation.
  • Ask yourself what your character wants and what major cost will come when they get it.