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Major Plot Points (or How to plot your Screenplay/ Novel/ Story) Part 1.


Writing is a hard job. Everybody knows it. (Well, not everybody. But at least people who tried to write know it)

However, with a detailed plan and a good outline, it could be done more easily.

Let’s see, as an inspiring writer, how we can plan a good plot!


In this article we will learn about these major plot points:

BEGINNING, INCITING INCIDENT, FIRST TURNING POINT, FIRST TURNING POINT, CALL TO ACTION, POINT OF NO RETURN, ALL IS LOST, SECOND TURNING POINT, CLIMAX, and THE ENDING.


The summary of this article is available in the video:


Before we start, let's learn what exactly is the plot?!


The plot is the series of events in the narrative in which we track the pursuit of a goal or objective by the main character (protagonist).

At each point of the plot, the character is either closer to the target or he/she is just getting farther from their aim. Plot points reflect improvement and move the story forward.



BEGINNING

Great writers convey to us that there are many ways to start a story.

Everything from the moment the story starts up to the inciting incident. The beginning offers the reader what’s to come next. So, you need to compel them to turn the page!

There is a wide range of ways to write an opening scene.

You might not know where it is going when you start writing a novel. Don’t worry! We have 5 strategies for you. You can check 5 ways to begin a story scene here.



INCITING INCIDENT

An episode, plot point, or occurrence that hooks the reader into the narrative is the inciting incident. This precise point is where an incident propels the protagonist into the story's main action. Screenwriting guru Syd Field describes it as 'setting the story in motion'.

It’s hardly advised to write an inciting event that has a significant effect on the protagonist.



FIRST TURNING POINT

The hero starts the journey and deals with the new situation caused by the inciting incident. It's when the main character – and even the reader- figures out what his objective is and what he needs to do in order to win by the end of the story.


NOTE: When the protagonist takes the final step to settle a conflict or achieve a purpose, the climax is met. The turning point is the consequence of his move, decision, or action. The turning point starts to take the reader to the conflict's final outcome or resolution.



CALL TO ACTION

The call to action is the “invitation” to the journey. Here the protagonist’s goal gets specific. This is where the character is given the opportunity to act. It doesn't have to be a major event of high stakes or any insistent demand, but a good call to action will inspire the reader to continue reading and also initiate the narrative into the second act of rising action.



POINT OF NO RETURN.

Usually, at the midpoint of the story, the protagonist needs to risk everything. In fact, the "point of no return" is where the story leaves the character without any choice but to go forward. At this point, usually, the hero must make a decision.



ALL IS LOST

Complications and great danger. The hero will have to rise to the occasion and find new inner strength. It is the point of the story when the emergency is simplified into a specific issue, whether it is the best bad option or untenable goods, that cannot be answered without a loss.



SECOND TURNING POINT

This is the protagonist’s last shot at redemption. There usually is a change in direction. Like the first turning point, it dramatically raises the stakes for the protagonist, moves the story into a new phase, and even could change the setting.


CLIMAX

The hero succeeds or fails in an irreversible way. In a narrative, the climax is the stage, usually near the end of the third act, where the story's interest is evaluated to its greatest degree. As such in a story, the moment with the largest amount of suspense, action, and movement is considered as the climax.



THE ENDING

There are loads of ways of putting an end to stories, but few guidelines are simple and fast. Yet each author knows that a satisfying conclusion must be reached by the story.

You can check 8 ways to end a story scene here.

These are the major plot points in the story. However, there are still some important plot points to discuss. If you are interested check the video down below and read HOW TO PLOT YOUR SCRIPT HERE!


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