Daily Grind

8 simple formula plot templates

I love this blog post so much! I now have the urge to write multiple stories using multiple templates. It’s always a battle to see which story will get-out-of-my-head first. I have always been partial to the traditional Hero’s Quest and the Group Quest but now The Hero You Want To Be and the Seinfeld are tugging at me.

The Wise Sloth


ACTION STORY TEMPLATE

ACT 1

SEGMENT 1

The story begins by introducing the protagonist in a way that reveals his defining characteristics, strengths, weaknesses, life circumstances, motives, and goals. SEGMENT 1 also establishes the setting and tone.

SEGMENT 2

Something happens to the protagonist that is out of the ordinary (for the protagonist, not for you). The event should be as apocalyptic as possible. This event throws the protagonist out of his comfort zone. The more disastrous it is for the protagonist the higher the stakes are. The higher the stakes are the more interesting the story will be.

SEGMENT 3

The protagonist weighs his options. He decides he can not ignore the event that has thrown his life off track. There is either too much at stake or the event has irrevocably closed the door on his previous life until he confronts the issue.

ACT 2

SEGMENT 4

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