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.

Download Archive


And that’s the monster worksheet.

Here’s hoping it helps someone. If you have questions, shoot me an email.