What do the Plot Point icons mean?
Plot structure is made up of 6 essential Plot Points: the Ask, Acceptance, and Answer, and the Hook, Journey and Jab.
These plot Points take up the Beginning (25%), Middle (50%) and Ending (25%) of your story.
Plot Points are the different beats, moments, or events that take place in your story and connect your viewer from beginning, middle, to end.
For example, a plot point might be the specific moment when your character gets into a motorcycle accident and becomes quadriplegic, it might be the moment your character decides that he wants to learn how to fly a plane despite having limited body function, or it could be the moment when your character actually does fly the plane.
So much of developing our plot structure is about what plot points, we decide to include in our story—but also what order we put them in, and what plot points we decide to leave out.
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 Ask: This is the moment the main character runs into the central conflict within the story. The Ask is the first part of the Core Question.
3. The Acceptance: The moment the main character chooses to try and overcome the central conflict. The Ask, in combination with the Acceptance, 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 Answer: 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.