The Writing Process: Story Structure & Plot

At this point in your story writing you have a basic idea for the plot and, hopefully, the title and characters. Now what do you do?

It is time to begin organizing your thoughts about the story. There are a number of methods for plotting or diagraming the flow of a storyline. Over the years I have tried a lot of these described in my latest article, Story Structure & Plot. Each writer needs to try out different methods to see what works best for you. It is similar to Goldilocks trying out the three beds in The Three Bears story. One way is okay, but not right for you. Another doesn’t work at all. And, finally, one method fits you for now. I say “for now” because most writers modify their methods of writing and organizing over time. I have done a lot of that.

I described in detail in my article about the steps involved in the Plot Outline Template, which I have recently adapted to my writing organization. It was created as a Word table so I can use it over and over. My suggestion is to print out a copy of the template for referral purposes. You can create your own template to use by basically replacing your particular story’s details in each box. Or you can email me at [email protected] and I can send you the Word template I have created.

As always, I have added the article on Story Structure & Plot and the Plot Outline Template to both My Writing Tips: Writing Process here on the blog and to my Writing Tools on my website.

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