The 7-Point Story Structure

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The 7-Point Story Structure

Advocates of this approach advise starting with your resolution and working backwards. This ensures a dramatic character arc for your hero.

🪝 Hook

Your protagonist’s starting point.

Example: In Philosopher’s Stone, this is when we meet Harry living under the stairs.

↩️ Plot Turn #1

Introduce the conflict that moves the story to its midpoint. 

Example: Harry finds out he is a wizard.

🤏 Pinch Point #1

Applies pressure to your protagonist in the process of achieving his goal, usually facing an antagonist.

Example: When the trolls attacks, Harry and his friends realize they are the only ones who can save the day.

📍 Midpoint

Your character responds to conflict with action. 

Example: Harry and his friends learn of the Philosopher’s Stone and determine to find it before Voldemort does.

🤏 Pinch Point #2

More pressure makes it harder for your character to achieve his goal. 

Example: Harry has to face the villain alone after losing Ron and Hermione during their quest to find the stone.

↩️ Plot Turn #2

Moves the story from the midpoint to the resolution. Your protagonist has everything he needs to achieve the goal. 

Example: When the mirror reveals Harry Potter’s intentions are pure, he is given the Philosopher’s Stone.

🥲 Resolution

The climax. Everything in your story leads to this moment, a direct contrast to how your character began his journey. 

Example: Harry defeats Voldemort.