Story Structure: Lock or Key?

…But structure, when used simply as a shortcut can become a lock on our creativity…

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7 Point Plot: Big Finish

      The whole book leads up to the Big Finish. The battle can be primarily internal external, or a cunning blend of the two. But even in a book without a villain, the main character struggles against something or someone outside of herself.       The Big Finish is the lowest, most grueling point of the […]

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7 Point Plot: Crisis

      In the last plot point, the main character came out with a win. The most story-logical next big plot point must, therefore, be a failure. After all, where’s the tension for the reader otherwise?       This Crisis marks the end of the middle of your book. This failure fires your main character from a […]

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7 Point Plot: Pop Quiz 2

This is the second pop quiz. If the Midpoint was about changing from reacting to acting, then Pop Quiz 2 is about changing from loosing to winning. Readers everywhere see this as a sign that ultimate victory is possible for the main character. This doesn’t mean you make it easy for your character. It needs […]

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7 Point Plot: Midpoint

         I love the midpoint of novels. I tend to be a proactive person. It is like Midpoints were made for me.          On the outside, the Midpoint can be new information and/or a confrontation. It is the second-most tense time in your story.          But what I love most is the inside of the […]

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7 Point Plot: Big Trouble Arrives

The Inciting Incident rocks your hero’s world to its foundations. It is always a conflict between your hero and the antagonist. It should be obvious to the reader that after this confrontation (direct or by proxy) your hero cannot go back to his normal life. The Inciting Incident should be logically connected to your Hook, […]

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7 Point Plot: Hook and Ordinary World

Beginnings are wonderful. They really are. Because a book doesn’t really begin there. A book usually begins in the middle of action of some kind. Dialogue, a search, a chase, something that grabs the reader’s attention. It begins with a Hook. A Hook is usually the first hint of trouble – trouble the hero doesn’t […]

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