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Video: Story Structure Catalyst Examples from Harry Potter, Stranger Things, Mad Max Fury Road, and Nyad

This video provides a recap and explanation of Catalysts in relation to a three-act structure, and then goes through examples of plot catalysts from: 

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (SPOILERS)
Stranger Things Season 1 (The Will Byers plot thread) (SPOILERS)
Mad Max Fury Road (Furiosa's arc) (SPOILERS)

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Elle Carter Neal coaches aspiring authors through planning, writing, and revising through The Novel Approach courses and memberships. She is the author of the middle grade fantasy The Convoluted Key (first in the Draconian Rules series), the picture book I Own All the Blue, and teen science-fantasy novel Madison Lane and the Wand of Rasputin (first in the Grounded series). Elle is based in Melbourne, Australia. Find her at

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