Inciting Incident: In the first two chapters of your story, something will take place—causing conflict—that catapults your protagonist forward on a new path. If nothing happens, then there’s no reason for your protagonist to change, which means there’s no story. This important event is called the inciting incident.
Point of No Return: This is the time when your protagonist is forced to completely leave their old world behind. Your protagonist is unable to move backward due to their newfound knowledge and choices they’ve been confronted with.
Why is a plot outline good for your writing? Not every writer creates an outline, but many writers do. You don’t have to know exactly what will take place in each chapter before you write, but the more you know, the better. I’ve known many writers, including my younger writer self, who have written their stories into dead-ends by not having an outline.
An outline will ensure that your story contains the right amount of conflict between characters throughout each chapter. An outline will ensure that each chapter has a goal that moves the plot and/or character forward. An outline will ensure that you have a well-developed idea!
How do you create a plot outline?
3 Act Plot Structure
Based on a 3-Act Plot Structure, the following is a quick overview of a plot outline pulled from A Wordy Woman’s Guide for Writing a Book.
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