This essay was originally posted to the writing community Get Your Words Out on Feb. 26, 2019. Small edits have been made.
When it comes to plotting methods, there are as many examples as there are writers. I’ve played around with numerous methods over the years, trying to find one that works for me, and I’m going to discuss my current favorite here.
This model, the Magnificent Seven Plot Points, comes from Keep Writing. It’s geared toward writing screenplays, but I’ve found it helpful for prose fiction. Like many plotting frameworks, it’s based on the hero’s journey, and can be adapted into short and long works of fiction.