Module 5: Plot Blueprint
Lesson 2 (of 4) – Parts
Please download the Story Heart Summary:
Please download the 4 Parts of Plot Structure:
Worksheet Action Step(s):
Action Step #1 – Your 4 part overview:
Study Parts 1-4 by looking at your favorite story inside your genre
Plot structure begins with the 4 Parts shown below (and in “The Storytelling Blueprint”) – and it’s critical you have a basic understanding of the different parts before we move onto the plot milestones inside each of the 4 Parts.
That means it’s time to study each of the 4 Parts by looking at your favorite story inside your genre (novel or film) – and then brainstorm the key elements and moments that occur in each of the 4 Parts.
Note: Simply do your best to answer the questions. You will not be graded – but it’s extremely helpful to explore how the parts work inside your favorite story.
Look at your favorite story (inside your genre) & study its 4 Parts of Plot Structure as showcased in the video and download.
** Consider these questions for each of the 4 Parts:
PART 1: Status Quo a.k.a. Setup
❓Which common characters/roles are introduced?
❓List any elements of setting, general stakes, and story questions that you noticed being introduced.
❓Identify and list the Story Goal launched for the protagonist. (This typically occurs between the 20% to 25% range in the story.)
PART 2: Reactivity a.k.a. Caution
❓How does the protagonist react to the launched Story Goal?
❓ List any challenges and hurdles the protagonist had to overcome to keep moving forward inside Part 2.
❓ What happens directly at the end of Part 2’s Reactivity that helps the protagonist transition into Part 3’s Proactivity?
PART 3: Proactivity a.k.a. Charge
❓How does the protagonist begin attacking the Story Goal?
❓List any critical elements or moments that the protagonist experienced which impacted you as a reader during Part 3.
❓What happens directly at the end of Part 3’s Proactivity that helps the protagonist transition into Part 4’s Lucidity?
PART 4: Lucidity a.k.a. Resolution
❓How does the protagonist finally resolve the Story Goal?
❓How are the common characters/roles impacted by the protagonist’s resolution to the Story Goal?
❓List any elements inside your favorite story that you may want to use inside your own story.
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