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Selorian

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30-32 Chapter Story Circle with Chapter-by-Chapter Breakdown
By Cliff Fryman



Prologue – In the Past (Optional Prologue or introduce character in his world)

Chapter One – World Tour (Introduce character & his ordinary world & existing supporting characters)

Chapter Two – Wishes & Wonders (Explore hopes & dreams while introducing something strange)

Chapter Three – Old Ways (Tries to get what he wants while coping with the new weird)

Chapter Four – Inciting Incident (Plans ruined by something that can’t be ignored and is a setback)

Chapter Five – Kneejerk Reaction (Reacts emotionally while trying to understand what happened)

Chapter Six – Do It My Way (Rebels against the new while trying to solve the problem)

Chapter Seven – Not the Boss (Ordinary solution for supernatural problem fails)

Chapter Eight – Cross the Threshold (1[SUP]st[/SUP] Plot Point, Crosses into new world with no hope of return)

Chapter Nine – Strange New World (In shock explores new world and discover all the players)

Chapter Ten – Let’s Play (Games & Trials during the journey to belong, promise of premise)

Chapter Eleven – One of Us (Small victory proves ability and brings goal to light)

Chapter Twelve – Antagonist Revealed (1[SUP]st[/SUP] pinch point, enemy/antagonist revealed & stakes raised)

Chapter Thirteen – Fall Back (Surprise complication deals a blow & doubts surface)

Chapter Fourteen – Spill It (Demand to know info & real situation)

Chapter Fifteen – Informed Assault (Sharing & full knowledge allows commitment & a plan)

Chapter Sixteen – Midpoint (Gets what wants, but real risk and need is highlighted, victim to warrior)

Chapter Seventeen – Stand Up (Recovery & realization leads to decision to do more)

Chapter Eighteen – War Party (Gather support & make plan to confront true threat)

Chapter Nineteen – Try Again (Set out with important task to eliminate threat)

Chapter Twenty – Antagonist Fight (2[SUP]nd[/SUP] Pinch Point, Direct fight reveals weakness & threatens resolve)

Chapter Twenty-One – What Is Lost (Beaten & pay a great cost in the process)

Chapter Twenty-Two – Guilt & Truth (Guilt & doubt but regroup & know truth of antagonist)

Chapter Twenty-Three – One More Push (Plan adjusted & push forward for confrontation)

Chapter Twenty-Four – Darkest Night (2[SUP]nd[/SUP] Plot Point, Plan goes wrong, forces too great, lowest point)

Chapter Twenty-Five – Can Do This (Encouraging pep talk & what is at stake emboldens MC)

Chapter Twenty-Six – My Fatal Flaw (Realizes their fault & that it goes back to first problem)

Chapter Twenty-Seven – Get It Right (Full knowledge to go & finish this win or die)

Chapter Twenty-Eight – Final Climatic Battle (Climax, Final battle, all seems lost & MC confronts fear)

Chapter Twenty-Nine – Victory At Last (Deep resolve to sacrifice past self & confront flaw allows victory)

Chapter Thirty – Return & Reflect (Loose ends & how far have come to live changed in new world)

Epilogue – In the Future (Optional Epilogue or further review of lessons learned and new life)


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This is something I came up with combining Dan Harmon's Story Circle, Derek Murphy's Plot Dot and 24 Chapter Novel Outline, and Katytastic's 3 Act, 9 Block, 27 Chapter Novel Outline. I find it very useful and though others may as well. I also have it in Word format that I could share from my Google drive if anyone wants it.

Enjoy and I would love to hear if anyone uses it or has any suggestions that may make it better.
 

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Foxee

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I feel bad because I want to spin it and cheer while I see what the arrow lands on and I have to write.

Okay, now that I've gotten a grip and looked at it properly I like it and I could see it being helpful to keep a squirrel like myself on track.

(I still want to spin it, though)
 

vranger

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I'm SOL. I write twenty chapters, then wrap up in a short chapter twenty-one. ;-)

Nice presentation. :)
 

Ajoy

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This is cool. I went through it with my WIP in mind, and it tracked fairly well for the most part. I am missing a couple just before the climax, and sure enough, that is a section I'm working on in my current draft. What a great tool! :)

I would love to get a copy to save in my writing folder!
 

Selorian

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I feel bad because I want to spin it and cheer while I see what the arrow lands on and I have to write.

Okay, now that I've gotten a grip and looked at it properly I like it and I could see it being helpful to keep a squirrel like myself on track.

(I still want to spin it, though)

Great way to do it when you don't write linearly. :)

I'm SOL. I write twenty chapters, then wrap up in a short chapter twenty-one. ;-)

Nice presentation. :)

Thanks. I vary the number of chapters by dropping or condensing as needed to fit the story.

Throw a dart. Less axle maintenance...plus, you get to throw a dart.

Less axle maintenance is always a good thing and throwing darts is even better.

This is cool. I went through it with my WIP in mind, and it tracked fairly well for the most part. I am missing a couple just before the climax, and sure enough, that is a section I'm working on in my current draft. What a great tool! :)

I would love to get a copy to save in my writing folder!

That is awesome, glad it worked so well. Here is a link to the Word Doc.
 

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