How to Plot a Novel Using the 3-Act Story Structure

Taught by - Leave your thoughts

Start this course

Behind every good story is a solid structure. That's a fact.

So why, then, do so many writers shy away from using story structure when they're plotting their stories? Having a good structure in place is one of the most important things to plan their path forward. It will not only give you a blueprint on which to map out your story, but will also grant your story shape and purpose. 

Take it straight from Kristen Kieffer. The brilliant founder of Well-Storied.com, she knows exactly what it takes to craft a sensational story. In this course, she'll walk you step-by-step through the 3-Act Story Structure — and give you a solid template to move forward with your own story.

What you’ll learn in this course:

  • Identify the parts of the 3-Act Story Structure
  • Use the 3-Act Story Structure to build to an effective climax
  • Pace your story correctly using the 3-Act Story Structure
  • Set up an Internal Shift
  • Build conflict organically within the 3-Act Story Structure

 


Already a Reedsy Learning student? You can subscribe to a new course by opening up any previous Reedsy Learning email. Scroll to the bottom of the email and click on "update your preferences" to choose a new course.


Brought to you by: Kristen Kieffer

Kristen Kieffer is an author of fantasy fiction and creative writing resources. At Well-Storied.com, she shares articles and workbooks designed to help writers craft sensational novels and build their very best writing lives. Kristen also hosts the hour-long #StorySocial Twitter chat, which takes place every Wednesday at 9pm Eastern.


What are authors saying about this course?

"This course was brilliant. Well-structured and engaging, it worked for me as an unexpected and much-needed breath of fresh air. Kristen is amazing at what she does: there's just no doubt about it."

– Fede C.

 

"This high-level plotting course was exactly what I needed. I've taken a billion plotting courses, and none of them made it as easy and non-intimidating as this one."

– Ronni Davis

Start this course

Discuss this course

Continue learning

People who enjoyed this course also looked at the following:

Book Reviews and How to Get Them

Chances are that in your past, you've decided to read a book based on the number of reviews it had. It's no secret on the flip side, either: as an author, you know that your book …

Taught by Amy Holman Edelman

View course

How to Run a Price Promotion

You've written and independently published a book, and now you're ready for people to start reading it. But with so much content out there you're struggling to make your book stand out. There are a number …

Taught by Written Word Media

View course

Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing

The internet has democratized the publishing world in a big way. Now, anyone can publish a book without the “permission” of a traditional press. But with the freedom of self-publishing comes a fresh set of …

Taught by Martin Cavannagh

View course

Writing Dialogue That Develops Plot and Character

Dialogue can make or break your book. At its best, it can transform your story into a gripping tale populated with interesting, layered characters; when dialogue is bad, it can be downright unreadable. This course will …

Taught by Bridget McNulty

View course

All you Need to Know About Amazon Algorithms

Over 70% of all ebooks are sold on the Kindle Store, so wouldn’t it be nice to get your book more visibility on Amazon? Of course, that's easier said than done, with well over 1,000,000 books being …

Taught by Adam Houge

View course

Pricing Books for an International Audience

Using just a few platforms like Google Play, Amazon, and Kobo, you can reach more countries than you can name. But being present in a market does not guarantee sales. You will need to make …

Taught by Zsofia Macho

View course