Episodic Three Phase (part 1)

We’ve covered the seven seasons – the method for structuring a long form story.

We’ve covered the cubbies – the method for structuring a short form story.

Now, we’re taking a quick look at…

Episodic Three Phase

The method for structuring a mini form story.

A “mini form” story would be a single episode of a T.V. series, or a single chapter in a book, a single issue of a comic book, or even a single scene in a film.

Why call it “episodic three phase?”

Because by and large, this structure is used for writing an episode of a T.V. series.

The structure goes like this:

Start with a “premise.” And develop it through three phases:

  • Exposition
  • Execution
  • Resolution


Sets up the premise. This first phase establishes what the premise is. Usually by way of some kind of “catalyst.”


Plays out this premise. Usually by way of some specific “methodology.”


Brings the premise to a close. Usually by way of some kind of “conclusion.”

That’s the basic idea. Take a premise and move it through these three phases.

Exposition, Execution, Resolution.
Catalyst, Methodology, Conclusion.

Now what kind of premise can you use?

There are five main types of premises:

We’ll talk about the specifics of each of these in a moment, but these are the basics to get you started.

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