Life must be hard for your protagonist

Nothing progresses in a story, except through conflict. So, is it tough for your character? Has she got the initiative? A personal stake?

Take your character to the farthest reaches and depth of conflict imaginable within the story’s own realm of probability and then finally put the crisis/climax in her hands.

Outlining Plot

You only need four plot points to start a story

There are only four plot points you need to begin planning your story:

  • The beginning.
  • The end of Act One.
  • The end of Act Two.
  • The end.

Once you know these four moments, you can be confident you have all you need to know how to tell your story.