There And Draft Again

A Fellowship of Fantasy Writers

How To Plot Your Fantasy Novel May 11, 2013

Hi everyone !

Today I’d like to share with you a few tips to plot your Fantasy novel effectively. Whether you use this template for your first draft or your tenth one, I believe it is always useful to keep in mind the novel’s important milestones. It helps with the pace of the story and it enables you to keep the reader engaged.


There are dozens of templates out there (the most famous being the Save The Cat Beat Sheet by Blake Snyder). I’ve come up with the one below by taking bits and pieces from here and there. I have found it works well for a Fantasy novel. Feel free to reuse and adapt it to your needs…

Plot Point 1 Opening/Protagonist intro (1% in)

Plot Point 2 Inciting Incident (5%)

Plot Point 3 First Turning Point (10%)

Plot Point 4 First Big Twist (40%)

Plot Point 5 Middle Turning Point (50%)

Plot Point 6 Second Big Twist (70%)

Plot Point 7 Climax (85%)

Plot Point 8 Resolution (95%)

Plot Point 9 Finale (100%)

So what do you think? Do you use a plot spreadsheet to outline or revise your novel? Feel free to leave us a comment below!

EM Castellan


4 Responses to “How To Plot Your Fantasy Novel”

  1. Thanks a great breakdown and very useful tips.

  2. jcckeith Says:

    After reading this, I realize that my fantasy novel for the most part adheres to this line up. It’s a very useful organization tool. I’ll have to remember it when I write my next story. When I wrote my book, the one I’m still finishing up the edits to, I didn’t follow an outline or any specific plan that I had written out anywhere. I just had an idea in my mind of what I wanted to write and being the pantser that I am, I just wrote and wrote till I was finished and then went back and edited to make things make more sense.

  3. Rachel O'Laughlin Says:

    I love how simple you made this, Eve! I often find that it works best for me to write my first draft without a strict outline, and then come back and force my existing story into a guideline like Save the Cat. I think I’ll break my mold and use your percentage points while drafting this next novel, because it’s pretty awesome and so are you. (Also, you can never go wrong with Sean Bean involved.)

  4. I’m curious about some of your definitions.
    Specifically, I’m curious about the distinction you make between the resolution and the finale.

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