Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Seven Point Story Structure: Romance Edition

At the 2017 Storymakers Writers Conference, I presented a class on my adaptation of Dan Wells' Seven-Point Story Structure for use with romantic plot lines. Because Dan made his method readily and fully available via his website (thedanwells.com) and via youtube videos, I am doing the same.

A few things to bear in mind:
  • Because this version is meant specifically for romantic relationship, some of the definitions of the various "points" are different than they were in the original. This does not mean I disagree with the original version (in fact, I think it's brilliant). The new definitions are simply what those points came to represent in this romance-specific version.
  • This is the way I adapted the system for romance.  There can absolutely be different ways of adjusting it. This is just one.
  • Like all plotting systems, this is not the one and only way of planning a storyline. Give it a shot. See if it works for you. Maybe you'll start with this approach and build from there. Maybe you'd prefer to discovery write and then use this to guide a rewrite. There are endless approaches.
  • If this method doesn't work for you, that's fine. Every writer is different. Find what helps you most.

The parts:
  • First, the slides from the presentation (in pdf format):
  • The Romance-specific story structure worksheet:


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