In preparation for NaNoWriMo, I have been reading Story Engineering by Larry Brooks. It’s a useful book, especially when it comes to pinning down story structure. I kept notes as I worked through this section and I’m sharing a neat version below. If the diagram whets your appetite you can get the book for the full story, or you could check out Larry’s site,, where he’s been running NaNoWriMo prep posts all this month.