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Four Part Story Structure

PART 1 – SETUP

  • Opening scenes
  • Killer Hook Event
  • Establish setting, scene (location), stakes of hero
  • Foreshadow coming events
  • Set up the inciting incident
  • First plot point – inciting incident

PART 2 – REACTION

  • Reaction to first plot point
  • Retreat, regroup, run
  • Doomed attempt to take action
  • First pinch point – allude to evil force – Physical middle of Part 2
  • Reaction to pinch point
  • Lead up to midpoint
  • Midpoint of the story
  • Revelation – figure out what you are up against – Physical middle of your Novel

PART 3 – PROACTION

  • Reaction to midpoint—fight back and fail
  • Second pinch point – allude to evil force again
  • Reaction to second pinch point
  • Pre second plot point lull – give the audience a tidbit – take a breath
  • Lead up to second plot point
  • Second plot point – the world changes again
  • Start the Ticking Clock

PART 4 – RESOLUTION

  • Hero accepts reality of situation
  • Climax battle scene
  • Final Resolution
  • New equilibrium/cliffhanger
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  3. Use the Four Part Story Structure Outline as a starting point to outline your next novel.