The Story Map, Part 2: "The Response" -- The protagonist's reaction to the new goal/stakes/obstacles have been revealed in the First Plot Point from Part 1. The protagonist doesn't need to be heroic yet. Let him/her retreat, regroup, and be reminded that there are antagonistic forces at work.
This part takes up approximately 1/4 of the book.
A few weeks ago, I touched on this in my post about Charles Dickens' Great Expectations. The A Story and B Story are pretty easy to distinguish from each other in that novel. (You can read that post here.) But, what I've realized as I've continued reading, is that you can find examples in nearly every novel you find.
Character writing is a bit of a balance obstacle in a story. Your primary character's weaknesses should parallel another character's strengths. Similarly, your primary character's strengths should mirror another character's weaknesses (important to note: the mirrored characteristics do not have to belong to the same character). But both the strengths and weaknesses should be significant to the story. It follows the rule of character descriptions -- if it's not relevant, don't spend the energy figuring it out.
Additionally, your character doesn't have to be the hero (even if he is, in fact, the hero). He shouldn't be the hero yet. There is so much story left, and it's important to let the problem simmer before automatically offering the perfect solution. (Of course, it is completely okay to offer a solution, but I'll get more into that later.)
- B-Story: Often the 'love story' (except in a romance novel), this part gives us a break from the tension of the A Story and carries the theme of the story.
- Fun & Games: This is the heart of the story -- the "fun" element that endears the reader to the character. This section gives the "promise of the premise."
- First Pinch Point: Fun and games are over. This section is the reminder of the story's antagonistic forces, directly visible to the reader.
- Midpoint 1: The threshold between halves. Here you get the false peak and subsequent collapse. The stakes are raised.
- Midpoint 2: New information, revealed here, will change the experience or understanding of context for your protagonist and/or your reader. This catalyst will activate new decisions and actions leading into Part 3.