- Who is the main character?
- Who or what is the antagonist? (The person, group, or situation causing trouble for the main character.)
- Who are the other people in the story?
- What does the main character want? (What’s his or her problem, goal, greatest need.)
- Why is this important? (It should be vital.)
- How does the antagonist prevent the main character from reaching his/her goal?
- What does the main character do about this?
- What are the results? (Things should get worse, the problem more difficult.)
- [Repeat the last two several times]
- What crisis finally results?
- What is the climax? (Moment of decision.)
- What is the resolution? Is the goal accomplished, or abandoned in favor of something else, or lost?
- What is the theme?
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