NB: this was originally posted on There And Draft Again in May 2013, but I have tweaked it slightly to share with you again today.
Hello gentle reader,
Today I’d like to share with you a few tips to plot your Fantasy novel effectively. Whether you use this template for your first draft or your tenth one, I believe it’s always useful to keep in mind your novel’s important milestones. It helps with the pace of the story and it enables you to keep the reader engaged.
There are dozens of templates out there (the most famous being the Save The Cat Beat Sheet by Blake Snyder). I’ve come up with the one below by taking bits and pieces from here and there. I have found it works well for a Fantasy novel. Feel free to reuse and adapt it to your needs…
Plot Point 1 Opening/Protagonist intro (1% in)
Plot Point 2 Inciting Incident (5%)
Plot Point 3 First Turning Point (10%)
Plot Point 4 First Big Twist (40%)
Plot Point 5 Middle Turning Point (50%)
Plot Point 6 Second Big Twist (70%)
Plot Point 7 Climax (85%)
Plot Point 8 Resolution (95%)
Plot Point 9 Finale (100%)
So what do you think? Do you use a plot spreadsheet to outline or revise your novel? Feel free to leave me a comment below!