The emphasis here is on begin. We’ve still got to dig deeper into who your MC is, what he wants, what stands in his way, and what’s at stake. And we’ve got plenty of time to do it.
For pantsers who like to do a little planning before they start drafting, this is probably the most intensive structural work you’ll do. It tells you a little bit about where you’re headed and how you’re going to get there.
These milestone moments have names in the world of writing craft, but we’re not getting into that yet. Today we’re just thinking about the most powerful moments in your book. What are the moments you know MUST exist in this story?
Look back at the list of scenes you brainstormed. Put asterisks or highlight the ones you know you absolutely must have. Which characters will be involved? Where will they be?
Today’s links are mostly for people who are plotting for the first time or who haven’t had a lot of formal education in writing plot. But they’re a good refresher for everyone else, too.