There was a point when I became obsessed with novel structure. I had a mess of scenes and I needed something, some guidance, to hang them off.
I did a lot of research and found a lot of great resources. Each seemed to solve only one angle of the problem, though. And it wasn’t always obvious how one plan might relate to another.
Eventually I came across this Three-In-One Plotting worksheet (I don’t know who came up with it, I’d love to credit them), and lightbulbs started to go off. It’s a brilliant tool. But I didn’t like how it was laid out.
I had to make my own.
Enter, the Monster Structure Worksheet!
This sheet combines classic 3-act structure, the Hero’s Journey, the afore-mentioned Three-In-One Plotting worksheet, and a bunch of things absorbed from James Scott Bell. I’ve cherry-picked the things that made sense to me, and skipped over the bits I don’t particularly agree with.
This is my monster:
You can download a PDF here: MonsterStructure 2016 06 11
What is it? How does it work? What’s been updated?
Here are posts explaining aspects of the worksheet and how to use it.
- Monster Structure Worksheet Text (going live 7/14)
- Monster Structure Worksheet v1.1 (going live 6/20)
- The Monster Structure Worksheet (Introduction)
And that’s the monster worksheet.
Here’s hoping it helps someone. If you have questions, shoot me an email.