A Writer's Cheatsheet to Plot and Structure
Still commonly used in screenwriting and novels today, the three act structure is as basic as you can get: The disturbance is whatever happens early on in your story that upsets the status quo. Something has to propel your protagonist from the beginning into the middle of the story, and from the middle to the end. Every story has a disturbance and two doorways of no return. If you can master them, you can use them as a foundation for your work.
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Adapted by The Write Practice. Identify the narrative arc of your story. Where does the rising action start? What is the climax? What is the falling action?
Why I Needed a Planning Tool
Do you already know the resolution, or is that something you have yet to work out? Where does each act end and the next begin? It has features you can get in lots of places. But what marks Plottr out for me apart from its very reasonable price is the timeline , because I find timelines to be the most difficult part of planning. I begin by plotting out events — scenes — on the main plot line. As I go, I identify the sub-plots I need to create in support of the main line.
Click on any scene on any timeline and you get the Outlook view. A planner would set out all the timelines in full before writing a word. Planners do all this stuff anyway. To find out more about Plottr available for Mac and Windows , its free trial and its paid plan, visit: Would you like to recommend a different planning tool?
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Share your views with a comment! The Better way to write a book: The characters drag me there, kicking and screaming.
This past November, I wrote more than , words of two novels. I simply write with another file open with character names and details.
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Interesting but flawed generalization. I write 9 or 10 75k words a year. Email will not be published required.
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