Beat Sheets, Pacing, and Conflict

Using plotting tools to reverse-engineer your favorite stories can give you better clarity about your own.

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If you write fiction of any kind, you have likely heard about beat sheets. Beat sheets come from Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat! book on screenwriting. The theory goes that there are fifteen “beats” in modern western storytelling and…




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Gina Denny

Gina Denny

B.S. Business/Human Resources M.S. in Child Development/Education. Associate editor for Touchpoint Press. Erstwhile classroom music teacher. Homeschooler.

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