So in my obsessive need for doing something perfect, I have found myself researching a lot about the "proper" format for a novel. Or a short story for that matter. I know there needs to be an introduction, some disasters a climax and an ending. My current brain fog is resting on how much (pages, words, % of book length) does each of those need in order to be fully explained. I realize that there is no "right" answer to this, so let me ask this instead: How closely do you stick to the 3 act format, do you have a set number of crisis before a climax or do you just "go with it"? Thanks for your input.