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The best explanation and value of beats in your work in progress that I’ve read
by Jami Gold
If you’ve heard of beat sheets before, you might have heard about complicated forms or spreadsheets. I don’t know about you, but I don’t do math. Heck, I write my stories by the seat of my pants, so something that forces me to draft in a regimented way doesn’t appeal to me either.
Er, okay… So why am I talking to you about beat sheets when they’re a tool of outlining and a Microsoft Excel thing with lots of numbers?
It’s because everyone can use beat sheets—plotters, pantsers, and anyone in between. Trust me. *smile*
So a Beat Sheet Is a Sheet with Beats? Huh? What the heck Is a Beat?
Story beats are plot events that force the story to turn in a new direction (i.e. “turning point”). They’re the choices, dilemmas, and questions that make readers turn the pages. After each main beat…
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