October 8th, 2012

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Writing Excuses 7.41: Seven Point Story Structure

Writing Excuses 7.41: Seven Point Story Structure

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2012/10/07/writing-excuses-7-41-seven-point-story-structure/

Key points: The seven point story structure.

Hook: establish what is going on, who the characters are, their starting state. Opposite of Resolution.
Plot Turn One: Call to adventure. Kicks off story.
Pinch One: The pinches pressure characters into action.
Midpoint: move from reaction to action. Characters take control.
Pinch Two: Raise the pressure, make it dire! Often loss of mentor.
Plot Turn Two: Getting the last bit of information needed to save the day.
Resolution: Do it. Save the day! Note the change in the character from the starting state to here.

These seven are not the only things that happen in your story. They are key steps moving from hook to resolution.

To use this, start with the resolution, then figure out the starting state (hook), and then how the plot turns and pinches will move you believably from one to the other.
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[Brandon] All right. We are out of time. Again I want to give a writing prompt, which is not related to Dan's story. But I do think that trying out the seven point story hook would be a good thing for you. You could also watch Dan's YouTube video. Is there a specific title they should search for?
[Dan] If you look up Dan Wells story structure in YouTube, you'll find it. It's in five parts, 10 minutes each. It's from an hour-long presentation at a convention.
[Brandon] All right. There's your story prompt. You're out of excuses, now go write.
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