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"7 Point Plot Structure" Story Mapping Template by Mind Map: "7 Point Plot Structure"
Story Mapping Template
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"7 Point Plot Structure" Story Mapping Template

A story writing template based off of Dan Wells's "7 Point Plot Structure" I suggest clicking on the attached link for a video series Dan created explaining the 7 Point Plot Structure in great depth, using a number of different examples.  It's an extremely educational and entertaining lecture. (Click on the attached link for more in depth information)

Characters

Major Characters

Minor Characters

Setting

Time Period

Locations

Main Plot

Read notes for further details about the 7 Points. (uses Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone for examples) The Main Plot should be the main plot line that drives your story.  The "meat and potatoes" of the story, so to speak.

1. The Hook

start main character (MC) in opposite state as the ending. (IE- ends up as a powerful wizard, starts off as an orphan living under the stairs)

2. Plot Turn 1

Plot turn 1- introduce the conflict. MC meets new people or discovers a secret. (Harry learns he is a wizard!)

3. Pinch 1

Pinch 1- something goes wrong. Villain is introduced, MC is forced to act. (A troll attacks)

4. Midpoint

Midpoint- character moves from reaction to action. (Harry finally learns the truth about Voldemort and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and swears to protect it)

5. Pinch 2

Pinch 2- situation becomes hopeless. The Jaws of Defeat. The death of a mentor, a plan fails, the bad guy seems to win. (Ron and Hermione fall to traps in the dungeon, and Harry is left to face Voldemort alone.)

6. Plot Turn 2

Plot turn 2- MC obtains the vital piece of info/courage/item he needs to vanquish bad guy. (Harry finds the stone in his pocket, and learns that the power to defeat Voldemort is in him- by touching Quirrel.)

Resolution

MC succeeds, and is now a changed person. (Harry defeats Voldemort, has friends and cool new powers.)

How to Use this Plot Structure: Three Important First Steps

1. Start with the Resolution

Look at the ending from the beginning

Where do you want your character to end up?

2. Next, start your character out in the story at the opposite extreme for The Hook

Turn your attention back to the beginning

Put the character in a position where he has to change to reach the goal waiting for him at the Resolution.

3. Find the Midpoint

This is the point where the character moves from reaction to action.

Instead of "reacting" to a situation in his life, he instead makes the decision to "act" consciously change it.

Sub Plot 1

If your story has a sub plot that runs alongside the main plot, make notes for it here.

1. The Hook

2. Plot Turn 1

3. Pinch 1

4. Midpoint

5. Pinch 2

6. Plot Turn 2

Resolution