Q. What is the 3-act-structure and should I use it?

A. The 3-act-structure is the beginning, middle and end of your story. This principle is said to have originated with Aristotle in his work The Poetics. It’s the most commonly used structure for a novel, short story, play or screen play. A successful work hangs on a strong structure. Think of it as the skeleton upon which you build. It is possible to have more than three acts, for example a five or seven act structure.