Are there specific characteristics of an Act Turn Story Driver than can help you recognize it when it happens, especially while writing your first draft?
I'm pretty sure my Story Driver is Action, but I'm finding it hard sometimes to differentiate the Action that turns to the next Signpost from other Actions that happen.
Like I thought my First Act Turn (Slide from Signpost 1→2, Being → Becoming) was this one Action that definitely provoked a lot of Decisions. But now that I have some distance on it -- that was 90,000 words ago -- I can see that the shift from Being to Becoming happens with a later Action. The word count makes more sense too.
I've just finished writing what I thought was my midpoint. It's what I planned as my midpoint from my first rough outline. But now I'm actually thinking the Bump from Becoming to Conceptualizing happened several scenes ago. Yet I'm not totally sure.
Since there can be other events of the Driver type in the middle of your acts, is the OS Signpost Type the main thing you look at to see where you "are" in the story? What about looking at other throughlines' Signpost Types?
Footnotes with more story details in case you are interested... FEEL FREE TO SKIP!
IC Becca's alien detector goes off in her professor's office, forcing the professor to decide to kidnap her, and then forcing the MC to decide to break into the professor's office to rescue her. Now that I've got some distance on that, I can see there's still a lot of Being happening after those events, as they deal with the fallout of it. Conflict comes from the Firelion Club playing their roles as secret keepers and interrogators, from the MC college boy pretending he didn't see anything, etc.
It's only when the interrogator draws a weapon on the MC out of the blue, provoking a response that proves he saw things he shouldn't, that forces the Club President to decide to erase the MC's memory... and forcing the IC to make the MC her recruit, to get him out of this mess. (Only the IC knows the memory-erasing drug might kill him, since she previously erased his memory and messed up the dose.)