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
A snow and ice storm forces the family indoors.
6: BREAK INTO TWO
Minnie strikes a deal with Philo to help each other avoid holiday boredom.
Minnie and Philo draw closer together.
8: FUN & GAMES
Philo starts training Minnie in her mind work
She helps him relax and have fun
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
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!