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Practical insights for writers from Jessica P Morrell

NaNoWriMo Tip #2

Written By: Jessica Morrell - Nov• 06•11

Plot is a Verb: Quick and Dirty Plot Outline

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1. Logline: A one sentence description of what your story is about. It describes the main conflict/problem and the main players.

2. Central Conflict:


3. Protagonist:

Main Traits:

Quirks & Weaknesses:

Story Goal:

4.  Antagonist:

Main Traits:

Quirks & Weaknesses:


5. Main Subplot:

6. Conflict Lock: The lock is created when the protagonist’s attempts to achieve his/her goal directly block the antagonist’s attempts to achieve his/her goal. Goals are mutually exclusive.

7. Cauldron: The reason or situation that binds characters together. It’s always inescapable as in Jurassic Park.

8. Conflict Resolution:

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  1. Carson says:

    Great post, really enjoyed it!
    — Carson


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