Which is correct? Backyard, back yard, or back-yard?
Generally speaking, when we speak of a story’s plot, we are speaking of “the sequence of events” that comprise the tale. Some will quibble about this definition, but it’s the most common understanding of the term.
And most of us remember being taught the basics of plot structure via a witch’s hat plot diagram like this:
The idea for this stage is “higher stakes, greater complications.” After the Point of No Return at the midpoint of the novel the goal becomes both more difficult and more important to accomplish. The Hero has a harder time accomplishing his goal but is more committed than ever to achieving it.
Just before the Midpoint, it appears the Hero’s going to pull it off, achieve the goal. But at the midpoint of the novel, and the midpoint of Act II, something happens that results in an apparently devastating reversal of the Hero’s fortune.
At about the 20 percent point of the story, corresponding to the end of Act I in the three-act drama structure, there’s the First Reversal. Something happens to transform the Hero’s new situation into a new desire and a change of plans. This will set the Hero’s external motivation for the rest of the novel, and the action is underway.