Deepen your understanding of story structure by examining the parallel functions of the First Plot Point and the Third Plot Point.
In a word, the negative character arc is about failure, and this becomes nowhere more clear than in the Third Act.
Flat character arcs have the ability to create some of the most dynamic stories.
The Resolution caps character arcs like the cherry on top of a banana split and bookends the opening scene.
In character arcs, as in plot, the Climax is the dot on the end of the exclamation point. The Climax is the reason for the story.
If you had pick the single most important moment in characters arcs, what would it be? The Third Plot Point, you say? Well, you'd be right.
As you write your closing lines, consider all the words that have come before and cap them off with an intellectual and emotional home run of a resolution!
The point is to bring the story and its primary conflict to its expected moment of irreversible resolution in a way that fulfills our every promise to our readers.
If the first and second acts were engaging and aesthetic labyrinths, the third act is where X marks the spot.