Use these 5 plotting moments that matter to start outlining your book.
There is a basic plotting structure to most stories.
This causes problems for the protagonist. The protagonist has to react to this challenge and solve the problem (2). The problem is not solved and becomes more complicated (3). The main character tries again. This attempt also fails and the problem worsens.
This leads to a ‘dark night of the soul’ (4) where it seems as if the antagonist will win. The protagonist tries again and solves the problem. The story ends (5).
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Basic Plot Structure – 5 Plotting Moments That Matter
This is plotting at its most basic. You will have to flesh out the plot from this simple formula. We know from teaching our course, Writers Write, that most writers haven’t even thought out these five points before they decide to write a book.
We would suggest that you use it as a starting point.
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