As a new writer and a writer in the morass of writing my first novel, I have done my own research and readings into the advice from other established authors. This includes joining this site and participating in the workshop and discussions on here. In my readings I discovered the 3 act structure, which is largely how I had planned my novel anyway (without realizing it). After learning the finer points of this structure I figured "Okay. No duh. That's how you tell a story." However, it seems there are many who do not seem to approve of this 3 act structure. They find it archaic and cookie-cutter. I find myself trying to wrap my head around a structure other than beginning, initial conflict, a change in approach, and climax (later ending). Is it the name of the 3 act structure or the fact of writers building their story around a rigid plan that irks these opponents? What are the alternatives? I'd like to hear what many of our older, more experienced writers here think about this 3 act structure as well as what they think about those opposing it.