STORY BLUEPRINT

A BLUEPRINT to help you along in the Planning process of creating your story. This can work for both Short Stories and longer works…because if the writer doesn’t know what the story is all about, how will the reader?

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TITLE OF STORY: 

  1. THE REASON FOR THE STORY:
  • STATE THE PERSONAL REASON:
  • THE AUTHOR’S MESSAGE TO THE READER:
  • WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO IMPART TO THE READER?

2.WHAT KIND OF SHORT STORY:

2.1 CONFLICT DRIVEN BY WHAT GOAL:

  • WHAT/WHO OPPOSING:
  • CLIMAX:

2.2. DECISION MAKING

  • DESIRE OR PROBLEM TO BE FIXED:
  • CLEAR CUT VILLAIN OR NOT:
  • DECISION MAKING IS LIFE CHANGING:

2.3. DISCOVERY

  • STRUGGLE TO REALIZATION AT THE END:
  • LIFE CHANGING:
  • QUIET AND SUBTLE. DEPENDS ON MOOD

3. MAIN CHARACTER(S):

  • NAME – REMINDS YOU OF:
  • AGE:
  • DESCRIPTION:
  • OCCUPATION:
  • BACKGROUND:
  • PERSONAL HISTORY: ¬ Born. ¬ School: ¬ etc
  • WHAT THE PERSON WANTS:
  • WHY ITS SO VITAL FOR THE PERSON TO REACH HIS/HER GOAL:
  • WHAT THE PERSON DOES TO ACHIEVE THE GOAL:

4. OTHER SECONDARY CHARACTERS CONTRIBUTING TO THE STORY:

  • REMINDS YOU OF:
  • HOW WILL THEY HELP/HINDER THE HERO/ANTAGONIST:

5. SETTING/ LOCATION:

  • DESCRIBE
  • RESEARCH

6. TIME PERIOD

  • RESEARCH –

7. TIME FRAME (the period over which the story unfolds):

8. HOW DOES THE STORY START: (start as late as possible in the story especially for a Short Story):

9. HOW AND WHEN THE STORY WILL END:

10. SETTING OF DRAMATIC SCENES:

I.

II.

III.

11. VIEWPOINT:

  • SINGLE CHARACTER:
  • THE CENTRAL/ MOST ADMIRABLE?

12. PUBLICATION TO IDENTIFY WITH:

13. RESEARCH: •

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