Plotting a book…easy as going on a journey. Let’s start with the basics of the Hero’s Journey.
Incident- something happens that disrupts the status quo
Call to Adventure-hero is presented with a problem
Refusal of the Call-hero balks, reluctant, not fully committed
Meeting with the Mentor-mentor prepares hero to face the unknown
Crossing the Threshold-hero commits, story takes off
Tests and Trials, Allies and Enemies
Approach to the Inmost Cave-hero confronts death
The Ordeal A.K.A. Dark Moment-hero hits bottom, faces worst fear
Reward-hero takes possession of treasure, a greater understanding
The Road Back-hero deals with consequences of dealing with dark forces of Ordeal
Resurrection-defeat death and in the process is reborn
Return with the Elixir-hero returns to ordinary world with lesson or treasure
We are going to take that information to help create the bones of our novel. The structure. Special note. Hello, my name is Lynn and I am a chart-a-holic. Because of this…issue, I’ve created a chart to illustrate how to use this information to lay the foundation of a book.
The next part sounds simple. Fill in the blanks. This is the foundation of your novel. You know the basics and you have several scenes. You have over thirty scenes at your fingertips. Now, I’m not going to say this is The One and Only Method Get to use. It’s one. I am trying to create order from chaos. Do you have suggestions that make the plotting process more manageable? Please share it with us.