1. The character is in her comfort zone when the story opens.
2. We learn she wants something.
3.She lands in an unfamiliar situation.
4. She adapts to the unfamiliar situation.
5. She gets what she wants (more or less)
6. But pays a heavy price for it.
7. She returns to the familiar situation.
8. Having changed.
|Harmon: Plotting |
a better pie chart
Let's say you have a 250 page novel. Each pie wedge, then, represents about 31 pages. Halfway through, on page 125, your character ought to have adapted to her unfamiliar situation. She's going to be paying a heavy price somewhere around page 187.
Obviously, nobody is holding you to these exact page counts. You can play with it. But I think Harmon would argue that if you play too far, you've destroyed his "embryo." Harmon himself would, at this point, throw it out and start over.
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