If there’s just one thing that matters to your success as a writer it’s story structure. Story structure is what allows authors to create stories that work every single time. Story structure is what allows you to quickly diagnose and remedy plot problems. The fear that story structure is formulaic and difficult couldn’t be farther from the truth. Story structure changed my life.
Is a Catalyst the same thing as an Inciting Incident? (Answer: Yes.) How do I know? It's not because there's a secret cheat sheet with translations for every beat sheet term. *smile* If we know the functions beats fulfill in a story, we'll always know where a story event belongs on a beat sheet.