The Nutshell Catch and the Point of No Return

Story Empire

Comedy Tragedy

Ciao, SEers. We’ve been talking about Jill Chamberlain’s Nutshell method of plotting as it relates to Aristotelian comedies and tragedies. Last time, we discussed the protagonist with respect to flaws and strengths. (You can find the introductory post here, and the protagonist post here.)

Today, we’re going to talk about the catch. But just as the protagonist can’t be discussed without defining the strength and the flaw, the catch can’t be discussed without defining the point of no return.

The Point of No Return

The point of no return occurs at or around the 25% mark of the story. It’s when the protagonist’s life changes. If you’re a student of other plotting methods, you might think this coincides with the inciting incident.

It is related, but it is NOT an interchangeable term.

The inciting incident takes place around the 10% part of the story. It is…

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