EXAMPLE - First Five Scenes Story Grid Spreadsheet
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SceneWord CountStory EventValue ShiftPolarity ShiftTurning PointAction or RevelationPoint of ViewPeriod / TimeDurationOnstage Characters#Offstage Characters#Onstage Locations#Offstage Locations#Notes
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Prologue1657In his last act before his death, Arthur gives Jeremiah his special amulet, tells Jeremiah that the old stories are true, and promises that Jeremiah is destined for great things. Shortly after Arthur dies, Jeremiah runs outside and sees destruction raining from the sky.Son to Fatherless+/-Arthur dies.Action3rd person, free indirect style, focus on JeremiahOne day on Movaria~20 minutesJeremiah Bradford, Karen Bradford, Arthur Bradford, Arthur's doctor, a viza-screen reporter5N/A0Jeremiah's family's home/their mechanic shop: front room, his parents' room; the street outside Jeremiah's house3Skylab Space Station, Fort Canvar2You may want to consider shortening or lenghening the part after Jeremiah runs out of the house and sees destruction. Right now, it doesn't really have enough to be its own scene, but because it is such a significant moment it feels like there should be more.
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11343Jeremiah talks with Karen about a job with Frank and the stories Arthur used to tell. Then, Jeremiah reassures Karen that she's a good mother.Contemplative to Reassuring-/+Jeremiah reassures Karen that she is the best mother anyone could ask for.Action3rd person, free indirect style, focus on JeremiahA warm Wednesday in spring~20 minutesJeremiah, Karen2Arthur, Frank, "the Johnson's"3+Under an old oak tree across the street from the Bradford family's mechanic shop1The Bradford family's mechanic shop, the Foreign Terrestrial District, a ship heading to Customs3You may want to add just a bit more context about the work that Jeremiah and Karen do at the Bradford shop. Since this is a sci-fi story, the reader doesn't know if the shop fixes cars or hover vehicles or entire space ships, and you can help inform that.
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22443Jeremiah and Tif go to James' shop to get the power converters. Jeremiah and James talk about Arthur and the stories he used to tell.Motivated to Depressed+/-James says Jeremiah reminds him of Arthur, then apologizes for discussing Arthur the day before the anniversary of his death.Revelation3rd person, free indirect style, focus on JeremiahA warm Wednesday in spring~1 hourJeremiah, Tif Wallingford, James Wallingford, Rosa Wallingford, Mugan the Umpamonian, Eli (deactivated), two Kowaneez8Karen, the new AIs taking Bradford business, Arthur, "a lot of good Movarians," Traditionalists5+Streets of Canvar city, James Wallingford's shop2N/A0I broke Chapter 2 into two scenes because I felt the part at the shop and the part with Jeremiah and Tif fighting Eugene and Gram were different enough to warrant separate entries on the spreadshet.
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31,052Eugene and Gram beat up Jeremiah and Tif.Unhurt to Hurt+/-Gram trips Jeremiah when he tries to protect Tif from another kick from Eugene.Action3rd person, free indirect style, focus on JeremiahA warm Wednesday in spring~20 minutesJeremiah, Tif, Eugene Watford, Gram4Jessica, Arthur, Gram's father, Karen, James5Streets of Canvar city1University1This is the only scene in the novel with Eugene and Gram. Consider including them in other scenes or removing them entirely from the novel.
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4534A mysterious black cylinder falls in front of Jeremiah and opens to reveal a figure in black that lunges at him.Confused to Attacked+/-The figure in the cylinder lunges at Jeremiah.Action3rd person, free indirect style, focus on JeremiahA warm Wednesday in spring~5 minutesJeremiah, a floating fly-bot with a viza-screen, the figure in black from the cylinder3President Oden1Streets of Canvar city, an alleyway2N/A0There is further description of the amulet in this chapter that I think would be helpful to include earlier, perhaps when you introduce it in the prologue.
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