A commonly used plot structure, included in many books and movies.
- Here, you introduce your characters and the main setting. Set the stage in an exciting way, for example creating an action scene to introduce the antagonist in an action story.
- You can also make the antagonist do something that causes the protagonist to do what he/she/it will do for the rest of the book/series, for example being a superhero.
This is an optional genre specific technique which can also be merged with the flashback technique. It is usually used for stories such as the superhero sub-genre, in which the protagonist and/or the antagonist gain powers and/or their abilities. Main article: Origin Story
Questions to be answered
- Who's the protagonist/s? What's his/her/its problem? How does it become his/her/its mission in the story?
- Who's the antagonist?
- What is the setting?
- Who are the major players?
- What is/are the major conflicts/problems
- Now, the problem should really be introduced, and the antagonist should show himself to the protagonist.
- Add subplots.
- Join the main protagonist with other people/another person with the same/similar objectives with the protagonist. This is especially for a team-up story.
- Make the story suspenseful.
- You must have at least another action scene if it is an action story.