Story structure

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.

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Launch Story Planner Helper

‘Take off your pants!’ Outline

This method of outlining a story starts with character and leads to a full story outline.

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timeproperty 60 min
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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.

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timeproperty 20 min
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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.

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timeproperty 30 min
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The Snowflake Method

A one page outline created using the Snowflake Method.

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timeproperty 45 min
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The Hero’s Journey (for novels)

The famous mythic story structure model originated by Joseph Campbell and expanded by Christopher Vogler.

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timeproperty 60 min
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Story elements

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.

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timeproperty 25 min
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Tentpole Method

A flexible way to plan your novel or story.

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timeproperty 15 min
Easy
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Save the Cat!® (for novels)

Blake Snyder's popular 'beat sheet' adapted for novels.

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timeproperty 45 min
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Pixar 'Once Upon a Time' Story Spine

This plan is based on a simple Pixar storytelling method; it starts with ‘Once upon a time…’

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timeproperty 20 min
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Basic narrative structure

This plan highlights the key points of story structure.

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timeproperty 25 min
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Michael Hauge’s Six Stage Plot Structure

This plan is based on Michael Hauge’s simple but effective story structure.

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timeproperty 60 min
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Simple story elements

The simplest way to describe your story. Just beginning, middle, end.

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timeproperty 5 min
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Simple 3 Act Structure (for novels)

A simple plan to define 3 Acts.

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timeproperty 15 min
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Syd Field story structure (for novels)

Syd Field's famous interpretation of 3 Act Structure can help you craft your novel's plot.

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timeproperty 45 min
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The Lester Dent Pulp Fiction Plot Formula

A pulp fiction plot formula based on the work of Lester Dent

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timeproperty 40 min
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