The Hook Mirrors the Resolution

One great way to measure your character’s arc is to compare your opener with your closer: The two should mirror each other.

Side-by-side images demonstrating the parallels between the pilot episode of Gilmore Girls and the season seven finale. In both episodes, Rory looks admiringly at Lorelai, Lorelai looks admiringly at Luke, and Luke looks adoringly at Lorelai, then the camera pulls away in a spy shot through the front window of Luke’s diner while it is dark outside.
Images © Warner Bros Television 2000 and 2007

This publication has talked before about beat sheets and pacing. Beat sheets are useful tools to determine when in your story something should happen, but ultimately the question you need to answer is what

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