How To Write Comics The McArdle Way
 

STORY STRUCTURE

The foundation of a great story starts with a solid plan. This is a system I developed using the Hermetic Principle of Correspondence and Aristotle's Dramatic Structure from Poetics.

That seems complicated, but in practice it is much easier than it sounds. Read the tutorial HERE.

 

ACT 1: THE SET UP

This tutorial synthesizes several Act One writing philosophies into a coherent guide to creating effective beats that keep the story building properly.

Read the tutorial HERE.

ACT 2.1: THE CALL TO ADVENTURE

Continuing where we left off, this tutorial synthesizes several Act Two writing philosophies into a coherent guide to creating effective beats that hopefully will help you from getting lost in the weeds of the second act.

Read the tutorial HERE.

ACT 2.2: THE PROMISE OF THE PREMISE

Act Two is twice the size of Acts One and Three, so I divided it into two. The second half should be the fun and games of the entire story. Here is where the audience sees what they came to see.

Read the tutorial HERE.

ACT 3: CLIMAX AND DÉNOUEMENT

And here we are at the big finale. This is it. In my opinion, if you cannot land the third act, you wasted everyone's time and shouldn't have set out to tell the story to begin with. So here's the structure that will insure that you bring it home and hit them in the feels.

Read the tutorial HERE.