Do you hate to plot your novels? I’m a huge fan of the “Save the Cat” plotting system, but it’s complicated. I read Blake’s books, and I can make it work. However, it’s real pain to try to explain it to others.
There’s a less-complicated alternative.
Make it easy to plot your novel: here’s all you need to remember
The “seven point” plotting system makes it easy. From The 7 Point Plot System aka Save the Cat for Pantsers, the 7 Point Plot System:
(Was) Developed by Dan Wells, who attributes it to Star Trek RPG, the 7 Point Plot System gives you all the goods of Save the Cat, but with fewer, less intimidating steps.
In other words, this is a way to plot your novel if you hate to plot, without trying to understand the Save the Cat system.
The best way to familiarize yourself with 7 Points is to read a novel in the genre in which you’re writing, and then look for the seven points. If you enjoy the novel, you’ll find them. From then on, you’ll go looking for the points in every novel you read.
Try it yourself, if you’re stuck plotting.
Be aware that you need TWO plots…
In fiction, you have (at least) two major story lines: external, and internal
Consider these two plots-in-one; your novel or short story/ novella needs both:
- The external plot is what happens.
- The internal plot is what your main character, or characters, think(s) about what happens.
In some genres, the external plot is primary — thrillers, for example. However, in other genres, the internal plot is primary — women’s fiction and any form of romance, for example.
Update: January 30, 2018
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