Okay, Pansters, go write your book & come back here when you’re finished so you can get your rough draft into the right structure.
Outliners, you probably already have these books, perhaps even the worksheets. But just in case…
My favorite book is:
Tim Stout has a great blog about Blake Snyder’s Beat Sheet
But I also love everything Larry Brooks. Begin with Story Structure — Demystified.
Larry also has a great blog, StoryFix.
From my view, the biggest difference is Larry is a Thriller writer & doesn’t wax on about a character’s backstory: Writing Successful Fiction: When What You Don’t Know Trumps What You Do Know. But he gave a great Characterization Series blog.
Jami Gold has a great blog. She also has a wonderful way with Excel:
Story Arc Beat Sheets
- Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat Beat Sheet (plot arc oriented)
- Larry Brooks’s Story Engineering Beat Sheet (plot arc oriented)
- Master Beat Sheet Combining Save the Cat and Story Engineering (plot arc oriented)
- Jami Gold’s Basic Beat Sheet (plot arc oriented and stripped down to basics)
- Jami Gold’s Scrivener Template for the Basic Beat Sheet
- Michael Hauge’s Six Stage Plot Structure Beat Sheet (character arc oriented)
- Jami Gold’s Romance Beat Sheet (romance arc oriented)
Your Next Action: Plot your book
But if you have subplots or multiple VP characters, you might want to read the next post first.