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Module 5: Plot Blueprint

Lesson 2 (of 4) – Parts

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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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