Plotting using seven plot points

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. 

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Game Day Snack Mix

Strictly speaking, this is a game day/movie night/rainy reading day/I want a snack-snack. I’ve made it today for the family Big Game party, which, frankly, I’m probably going to spend playing Parkitect. (Someday I’ll wax rhapsodic on my love of theme park games.) Basically, it’s all of my favorite snacks put together, always good for a self-indulgent sort of day.

Amounts are whatever’s available or adjust to taste.

  • Small pretzels
  • raw, shelled almonds
  • raw, shelled walnuts
  • chocolate-covered almonds
  • dried cranberries
  • white chocolate chips

Dump into a big bowl. Stir. Eat with something fizzy to drink.