Currently I’m working on pinch points.
Wait a moment, you say. Pinching is rude. Pointing is rude. Everyone knows these things, even writers, right?
Correct. But the pinch points I’m talking about are story elements: pieces of structure that help pace and direct your story’s flow. According to the ever-brilliant K.M. Weiland,
At their most basic level, Pinch Points are nothing more or less than a reminder of the antagonistic force’s power to stymie the protagonist’s goal.