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KEY SKILLS LEARNED
  • How to develop story ideas into plots
  • Plot outlining approaches
  • Connecting plot points to build story arcs
  • How to start and resolve a plot well
WHO IS THIS FOR?
  • Writers who struggle with story cohesion
  • Writers wishing to develop a keener understanding of plot
  • Writers seeking practical advice, exercises and examples to improve their plotting abilities

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WORKBOOK OUTLINE

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CHAPTER 01
What is plot?

Learn plotting terms & definitions and develop plot ideas from first ideas.

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CHAPTER 02
Preparing for success

Learn about preparatory approaches to plot and visual ways to brainstorm ideas for scenes and chapters.

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CHAPTER 03
Arcs and development

Learn about connecting characters' goals, desires and actions to create gripping story arcs.

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CHAPTER 04
Beginnings, hooks and endings

Learn about writing effective hooks and endings that tie into the key elements of your plot.

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HOW TO PLOT A STORY: PLOTTING, PLANS AND ARCS - CHAPTER OUTLINE

Chapter 01

In What is plot?: Terms, definitions and the ‘5 W's’ you'll learn key plot terms and definitions, as well as tips on making the ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘why’, ‘where’ and ‘when’ of your story intriguing.


  • Read an overview of your guide
  • Understand key terms and definitions
  • Read clarifying plot examples
  • Complete practical exercises to apply what you’ve learned
Chapter 02

In Planning your plot: Outlines, storyboards and diagrams, you'll read different authors' approaches to plotting in advance and visual plotting methods you can use to see ‘bigger picture’ plot details.


  • Read 4 common approaches to story plotting
  • Learn about using outlining, storyboarding and plot diagrams
  • Read about other graphs you can use as aids to work out plot details
  • Complete practical exercises to apply what you’ve learned
Chapter 03

In Arcs & development: Connecting plot points, you'll explore ways to connect characters' desires, goals and actions to create interesting and cohesive story arcs that relate to your central idea.


  • Read terms and definitions relevant to story arcs
  • Learn to connect goals, desires, & actions to create arcs
  • Harness curiosity, narrative tension, and ‘what if’ for plot development
  • Complete practical exercises to apply what you’ve learned
Chapter 04

In Plotting key moments: Beginnings, hooks and endings, you'll learn how to find a good hook and a good ending that ties into the key material of your plot.


  • Learn to develop intriguing beginnings and endings out of plot summaries
  • Learn how to find a good hook
  • Learn how to find a good ending
  • Complete practical exercises to apply what you’ve learned

Master the crucial elements of plot: