Formula Plot Storyboards


For more a more in depth explanation on how formula plot story writing, click here.

For 8 genre-specific formula plots, click here.

You can click any image below to enlarge the whole story board.

Here are a few outlines you can’t print out and write on to help you structure your story:

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Note: The information I share here may seem random, but it explains why I write about a lot of the subjects I do. I was raised poor white Texas trailer trash. At the age of 17 I got baptized in a Southern Baptist Church, and at 18 I attended a Christian college where my Biblical studies promptly led me to the conclusion that Christianity is mythology. I left that school at 19, and a year later I joined the United States Air Force as an all around computer technician. I was stationed in Italy, Germany, Kuwait and Hawaii where I took online and night classes in psychology, which led me to the conclusion that the military is a cult. For all the good things I got out of the military, I never got a good explanation of why we invaded Iraq. So I volunteered to separate from the military early when my career field was downsized and moved back to my home state of Texas. I found that during the seven years I was enlisted, either America had changed or I had. I was dismayed by the apathy, materialism, wastefulness and anti-intellectualism of civilian life in American suburbia. So I sold everything I owned and immigrated to New Zealand. As majestic as that was, it wasn’t the land of milk and honey I was looking for. Unable to find work in the IT sector I managed a warehouse, worked alongside migrant laborers in fruit orchards and vineyards and studied creative writing. For personal and financial reasons I eventually moved back to America. I’m still kicking around trying to get it all figured out. My long term goal is to build an intellectual monastery where smart people can live for free in a stress free environment where they can focus on their life’s work. It would sure help if I got a MacArthur Fellowship, sponsorship and/or an agent. I’ve been blogging since 2006 about topics that I feel are important and don’t get enough attention. The Wise Sloth blog contains editorial, philosophical, instructional, inspirational and satirical posts in the form of essays, lists, comics, and fiction, which tend to be irreverent, humorous and controversial. I update it as often as possible. View all posts by wise sloth

5 responses to “Formula Plot Storyboards

  • required

    why must there be an antagonist? it sounds like in the stupid hollywood movies.

    • wise sloth

      Stories revolve around a central conflict. The conflict has to have a source. That source can be a person, place, thing or idea. That’s why the source of the conflict is called “the antagonist” and not just “the bad guy.”

    • ChromiumTWIST

      …And nearly every good story throughout history.

      If you can’t understand why most stories would need an antagonist (be it a thought, person or object), then maybe you shouldn’t be writing. There’s a reason Hollywood is still going strong.

  • Steeny Lou

    “Antagonist” is, of course, not always an outside source. It can also be “man vs man”. (Thanks goes out to my dearly loved grade 8 English teacher from back in the early 1980s, Mr. Norcott).

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