A Minnie Story Beat Sheet

I want to write a story that I can give away for free to everyone who subscribes to my newsletter. It'll take place between Book 1 and Book 2 of the Minnie Kim Vampire Girl series.


When I start a new book, this is where I start--with a beat sheet!


1: OPENING IMAGE

Minnie and Philo, on the first day of Christmas break, unsure of their relationship.


2: THEME STATED


3: SETUP


4: CATALYST

A snow and ice storm forces the family indoors.


5: DEBATE


6: BREAK INTO TWO

Minnie strikes a deal with Philo to help each other avoid holiday boredom.


7: B-STORY

Minnie and Philo draw closer together.


8: FUN & GAMES

  • Philo starts training Minnie in her mind work

  • She helps him relax and have fun

9: MIDPOINT

Members of another clan attack the Aristos home.


10: BAD GUYS CLOSE IN

Minnie's training isn't just for practice now, because her family needs her.


11: ALL IS LOST


12: DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL


13: BREAK INTO THREE


14: FINALE


15: FINAL IMAGE

Minnie & Philo having their second kiss at the ringing in of the new year.


So...I didn't quite get all the pieces filled in, but I got the "pillars" - the four main beats that you really need when you start drafting. I think I'll enjoy figuring out the rest on the fly!



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