Understanding the 6 Essential Plot Points.
At its most basic level, Plot is what happens in your story. It's the different beats, or moments, that connect your audience, from beginning, middle, to end.
Without a plot structure, your audience will quickly lose interest in your story. They’ll zone out. Hit Stop. And its Plot that maximizes your story's impact and viewer engagement.
There are 6 moments that comprise the majority of plot structure and audience engagement. We call these moments the 6 Essential Plot Points:
1. The Hook: This is the opening of the story. The Hook’s objective is to grab your audience’s attention so that they stick with your story.
2. The Conflict: This is the moment the main character runs into the central conflict within the story. The Conflict is the first part of the Core Question.
3. The Initiation: The moment the main character chooses to try to overcome the central conflict. The Initiation, in combination with the Conflict, creates the Core Question for the audience.
4. The Journey: The events or steps that take place as the character attempts to overcome the conflict (Ask). The journey builds emotional anticipation for the audience.
5. The Resolution: The resolution to the central conflict that the main character is attempting to overcome. This is the last part of the Core Question and the emotional crescendo of the story.
6. The Jab: This is the closing of the story. The Jab is the opportunity to leave the audience with the action you'd like them to take.