Firsts in Fiction
Act III answers this question, and does so in dramatic fashion. The climax of the film (or in our case, the novel) occurs in Act III.
Act II is most commonly referred to as the rising action. It’s marked by several things, but the two most important aspects are the escalation of tension and the further development of the character.
I thought it might be fun to take a few weeks to look at the three act structure. While most commonly used for screenplays, fiction writers have used the same set-up for decades.