Blank Beat Sheet Form

The Beat Sheet – A Flexible Template for your Story

The first section allows you to create a targeted direction and narrative flow for your story.  Fill these in, and you’ll find specific scene ideas popping into your head.

That’s next.

Each blank line in the template represents a scene.  Fill them in as your story takes form with either a) a singular narrative mission for the scene (example: hero meets love interest for first time), and/or b) the narrative content of the scene (example: Bob and Shirley run into each other at the reunion).

Conceptual hook/appeal:

Theme(s):

Through-line:

The Scenes

Part 1 – Set up:

  1. (hook)______________________________________________________________________________________________
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  12. (1st Plot Point) _____________________________________________________________________________

Part 2 – Response:

  1. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________
  2. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________
  3. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________
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  6. _________________________________________________________________________________________
  7. (Pinch Point) ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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  13. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________

14. (Mid-Point Shift) ____________________________________________________________________________

Part 3 – Attack:

  1. __________________________________________________________________________________________________
  2. __________________________________________________________________________________________________
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  6. (Pinch Point) ______________________________________________________________________________________
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  13. __________________________________________________________________________________________________

14.  (Lull before SPP) _______________________________________________________________________

Part 4 – Resolution:

  1.  (2 nd PP)   ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
  2. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
  3. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
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  14. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________

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