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Plotting a Story

1. What is the heroine's short-term problem? 

2. What is the hero's short-term problem? 

3. How are the two problems related? 

4. How do these problems come to the reader's attention? 

5. How does the heroine's short-term problem grow worse? 

6. How does the hero's short-term problem grow worse? 

7. What is the heroine's long-term problem? 

8. What is the hero's long-term problem? 

9. How are the two problems related to each other? 

10. How are the long-term problems of each character related to their short-term problems? 

11. What is the black moment at which it seems impossible the problem can ever be solved? 

12. How is each character's short-term problem resolved? 

13. How does the solution of the short-term problems contribute to the solution of the long-term problem? 

14. How do the main characters contribute to the solution of their own problems? 

15. What event brings about the ending? 

16. What is the happy ending?

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