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StructureRequirementsThreat/ConflictChapter/JustificationProtagonist StateAntagonist StateActsChapterSummary
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Set UpBEGININGReluctant / ReactiveOverall - Who the story’s about. Define their natures.Situation1
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Theme expressed
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Inciting Incident2
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Call to adventure
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Fateful decisionComplication3
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Story BeginsMIDDLEOverall - What they want. Motivation & Obstacles that flow from their natures
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World is ExploredCrisis5
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MiddleMIDPOINTFaces Facts / ProactiveOverall - What’s standing in their way. Direct conflicts (situational obstacles are for Part 2)6
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All is Lost
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Climax7
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Darkest Hour
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False Victory/Defeat8
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ResolutionENDOverall - Solve (or show the irony in) the situation
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RegroupResolution9
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Into Battle
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Return to Normal10
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The End
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Write one sentence describing your story in 25 words or less.
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Justify each chapter’s existence. Each sentence should: State what the chapter’s trying to convey Show how the chapter moves the story along.
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Write a Cause and Effect. “Because of this, this happens. Because this happens…”
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Self-Editing (Checked for...
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Draft 1Obvious gaping error check
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Draft 2Padding, adding, smoothing / / add Descriptions / sounds / smells / missing meta plot
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Draft 3Continuity / Text to Voice / Plothole - TAKE A BREAK Then look at it with fresh eyes
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Draft 4Slice'n'dice / Get it down to size, remove adverbs, cut extraneous points
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