Earlier this year, at BYU’s “Life, the Universe, and Everything” writers’ symposium, Dan Wells gave a presentation on a system for structuring/scaffolding a plot in 7 points. Thankfully (because it was very good), someone put together the videos of that presentation along with some of the slides from Dan’s powerpoint file.
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Highly informative and easily grasped, this is the sort of tip that can take you from being stuck in a story idea (trying to work out the kinks) to moving forward, putting words on the page.
Note that this is different from the typical 7-point plot that I’ve seen discussed elsewhere.
(Dan Wells is a Horror writer and one of the voices you hear on the weekly podcast at Writing Excuses.)