I fear that my blog is too serious, judging by the number of followers (7) in my third week. Perhaps blogging is not the vehicle for studying a textbook-type lesson. Nevertheless, hard-headed as I am, I am continuing this week to give information that I I've digested and embodied in my writing over the past twenty years.
GARY PROVOST’S PLOTTING CHECKLIST
Courtesy of Frank Strunk, Antioch Writers’ Workshop, 1992
1. Ghost/back story:
What is it that is haunting your character as the story begins?
2. Inciting Incident:
What event sets the plan into motion?
3. Character’s Need:
In what way does your character need to grow emotionally (although probably unknown to him or her).
4. The Goal:
What is it that your character wants?
5. The Plan:
What does your character decide to do in order to get what he/she wants?
6. The Stakes:
What will be the consequence if the plan does not work?
7. The Oppositions:
Who are the people who are working against your characters?
8. The Nightmares:
What are the encounters between your character and the oppositions?
9. The Final Nightmare/Blackest Moment:
What happens to make things look hopeless?
10. The Revelation:
What does your character learn about himself/herself, others, or life?
11. The Choice:
What does your character do because of what he/she has learned?
12. (My addition - from Aristotle) The Reversal:
Have your characters reversed their positions (from beginning to end) in the hierarchy of power in the story?