These plans are designed to help you structure your novel or short story. You'll find many popular planning tools to help you create a satisfying narrative structure. Whether you prefer the rules of traditional Three Act Structure or a more laid back plan like the Tentpole Method we have a plan to suit you.
‘Take off your pants!’ Outline
This method of outlining a story starts with character and leads to a full story outline.
Simple story structure
An easy way to plot your story. This uses traditional story structure theory but is written in an easy to understand way.
The Snowflake Method
A one page outline created using the Snowflake Method.
The Hero’s Journey (for novels)
The famous mythic story structure model originated by Joseph Campbell and expanded by Christopher Vogler.
A quick and easy plan to define the key elements of any story. This one is good for short stories or to quickly outline a new idea.
Index Card Plan
A flexible plan that allows you to rearrange story elements or plot points, this plan is ideal if you like using index cards to plan your story structure.
A flexible way to plan your novel or story.
Save the Cat!® (for novels)
Blake Snyder's popular 'beat sheet' adapted for novels.
Basic narrative structure
This plan highlights the key points of story structure.
Pixar 'Once Upon a Time' Story Spine
This plan is based on a simple Pixar storytelling method; it starts with ‘Once upon a time…’
Michael Hauge’s Six Stage Plot Structure
This plan is based on Michael Hauge’s simple but effective story structure.
Simple story elements
The simplest way to describe your story. Just beginning, middle, end.
Simple 3 Act Structure (for novels)
A simple plan to define 3 Acts.
Syd Field story structure (for novels)
Syd Field's famous interpretation of 3 Act Structure can help you craft your novel's plot.
The Lester Dent Pulp Fiction Plot Formula
A pulp fiction plot formula based on the work of Lester Dent