Now About That Outline

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A few years back, I had a post about J. R. Hall’s story structure scheme. It more or less informed how I wrote the final version of The Third Face. I haven’t actually reread any of that stuff, but I do remember the basics. That’s how I got The Demon’s Guardian outlined. Here’s how I split each arc up:

  • Hook/Part 1: Introduce the situation as it stands at the beginning, with a little detail to grab the reader’s interest. 
  • First Plot Point: Some event shakes things up, causing the main character to have to react and do things differently from normal life.
  • Part 2: The main character is trying to deal with the First Plot Point, and its consequences are becoming more clear. 
  • First Pinch Point: There’s a glimpse at the bad thing that could come about if the main character fails. Often it’s a villain showing off their evilness. (Actually should come in mid-Part 2.) 
  • Midpoint: New information! Suddenly you have a better idea of what is really going on, and perhaps an idea of how the main character is going to deal with it.
  • Part 3: The new information lets the main character stop reacting and start making real decisions. 
  • Second Pinch Point: Much like the first, but scarier. 
  • Second Plot Point: Right here, things look more hopeless than ever. But a decisive change is the last thing that creates the last hope.
  • Part 4: Building on the Second Plot Point, the main character takes definitive action that drives the story to its end. 
  • Resolution: The day is saved! Or maybe not. There is some amount of aftermath either way. 

    The astute reader noticed that there are ten of these. I gave each of the five characters all of the different moments, but some didn’t warrant a whole chapter, or they overlapped with each other, which is what led to the count of 45 in the end.

    Since it’s been so long since I posted that stuff the first time, it might be nice to revisit it as a little series with my own take on the subject. It would involve rereading the original, which might give me more insights, too. And, it could give this blog that component of helpfulness that I’m not so good at. Does that sound like a good idea? 

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