How To Plan Your Story In One Day

The very first National Story Planning Day took place on October 25, 2015. I hosted a free four-part live virtual workshop on Periscope, and created a free workbook to go along with the event.

And during the live event, I walked participants through everything they need to know about their stories before they write them. The bare-minimum stuff.

Anyone who did all of the exercises walked away with a basic story plan. 

If you weren’t able to attend the live event, you can still use the content from the event to plan your own story in a day. All you have to do is download the workbook and watch the video replays (see below).

You can either watch all of the videos and then go through the workbook exercise all at once, or you can watch each video and then work through the corresponding section in the workbook before moving on to the next video. Up to you.

>> Download the story plan workbook

Video 1: Idea, Concept Premise

Video 2: Creating Characters

Video 3: Story Structure

Video 4: Scene Beat Sheet

If you do all of the exercises in the workbook, you will have a basic story plan that you can use to write the first draft of your story.

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How’s your story plan coming?

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Story Structure 101

In this Periscope replay, I:

  • Give an overview of story structure
  • Explain how all of the plot points work

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What’s your favorite plot point, and why?

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How To Create A Really Good Bad Guy

In this Periscope video, I talk about:

  • How to create a strong Antagonist
  • The specific things you’ll want to know about your Antagonist before you write him/her
  • A really good article you can check out to learn more (and I give you a link)

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How do you create the Antagonist in your story?

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Character Arc: What It Is, Why Your Story Needs It

In this Periscope I:

  • Define character arc
  • Explain what it is and how it works
  • Give examples of character arc in action

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What story has your favorite character arc?

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Creating Your Protagonist: Inner Demons

In this Periscope I talk about character inner demons:

  • What they are
  • Why you need them in your story
  • Examples of common inner demons

And my adorable-but-extremely-loud dog makes an appearance in the video 🙂

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What are your favorite inner demons to give your Protagonist and why?

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The 4 Things You Gotta Know About Your Protagonist

 

In this Periscope, I talk about the 4 things you need to know about your Protagonist, and why, including:

  • Inner demon(s)
  • Goal
  • Backstory
  • Character arc

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What inner demon(s) is your NaNo novel Protagonist battling?

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Concept and Premise: More Examples

In this Periscope replay, I talk about:

  • Concept and Premise, defined
  • Three specific examples of Concept and Premise

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Out of all the examples in the video, which one resonates the most with you?

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Why All Love Stories Need A Concept (And Premise)

In this Periscope, I talk about:

  • Why all love stories need something Conceptual at the heart
  • Examples of how to amp up your love story with a Concept
  • Examples of love stories that have strong Concepts

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What’s your favorite love story and why? 

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Using Concept to Create A Story Premise

In this Periscope, I talk about:

  • What a Concept is
  • What a Premise is
  • How Concept informs Premise

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How do you come up with a Concept for your story?

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How To Amp Up Your Story Idea

In this Periscope replay, I talk about how to amp up your story idea using a Concept (and I also define Concept and give you examples).

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