The 8 C’s of Plotting: Introduction

Lara Willard

Fiction Posts

Plotting Methods

There are plenty of methods to plotting out a novel or script. You’re probably most familiar with Freytag’s Pyramid: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and conclusion. That’s the one I was taught in school. I’d always get confused about the climax, though. The “turning point” or the “point of no return” is how it has been described to me. But is the climax an emotional one, the point at which the protagonist is at his best or happiest? Is it the point at which the protagonist defeats the antagonist? Is it the point at which the protagonist has everything she needs to defeat the antagonist? Maybe I’m the only one who had this confusion.

The 3-Act structure is adhered to in virtually any screenplay.

There’s Donna MacMeans’ W-plot, which charts the emotional journey of the protagonist.

And recently I came across two plotting techniques…

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