11 Replies to “The Moment In Your Story That Changes Everything”

  1. “Without a Midpoint in place to shift your story, you won’t have the catalyst needed to push your protagonist from being a “wanderer” to being a “warrior” (more on this soon).”

    Jennifer, I think you’ve put your finger on the essential function of the Midpoint. It drives the story and at the same time (and just as importantly) it’s a major stepping stone in the development of the protagonist’s character arc.

    One Midpoint that I noticed, and constantly refer to, after learning about Midpoints in Story Engineering, is in the movie Jaws. This is when Police Chief Brody makes the decision to hire Quint and his boat to go hunt down the shark and kill it. The scene where this happens is around 63 minutes into the movie, which is 124 minutes long.

    Everything changes from here. Up to this point, Brody has been playing defence, trying to learn about sharks, trying to close beaches, organising shark spotters and so on. But he has always stayed on dry land—he admits quite early on that he doesn’t like the ocean (and we also know that he took this job because he wanted a quiet life). Now, he’s made the decision to go on the offensive, and this means finding it in himself to literally leave his comfort zone. This also changes the whole environment of the movie. We are taken from the little town, crowded with 4th of July holidaymakers, out into the wide open ocean, empty except for the shark and the boat with its three passengers.

    Thanks, Jennifer. Looking forward to your thoughts on Pinch Points.

    1. @Christopher The Jaws midpoint is a perfect example of how important this story moment is. It’s HUGE! It changes the entire story. And it’s interesting to contrast different midpoints, because some pack a lot more punch than others. In Jaws, as you mentioned, the midpoint is a slight shift, but it’s major. And then there are midpoints where you find out who the real antagonist is and it blows your mind. Midpoints can be slight shifts, or they can be huge shifts, but a shift of some kind definitely has to occur. Thanks for sharing that example with us!

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