Articles on Second Drafts
Editing the Second Draft by Julie Rowe, copyright 2007
How To Write a Second Draft by Scott Berkun
All rights reserved unless otherwise noted
So You Finished Your First Draft — Now What? By Jody Meadows
Articles on Structure, Plot, and Story
5 thoughts on Plot and Story
Discussion on a blog post by Paula S. Jordan,
DarkCargo.com, May 18, 2013,
Copyright 2013-2015 by Paula S. Jordan
Plot v Structure.doc (excerpt) – Sundberg
Blog post, Ingrid’s Notes June 17, 2013
The 5 Essential Story Ingredients
Writers Digest Guest Column by Steven James
May 9, 2014
Articles and Diagrams on Structure
The Two Pillars of Novel Structure
Writers Digest Guest Column by James Scott Bell
March 14, 2013
The Three Act Structure: Three Acts, Fractals and Omkara
The 3-Act structure (take two): Cheat Sheet: Seven Point Story Structure
The Five Act Structure: 5-Act structure
The Six-Act, Two Goal Structure: The Author Salon
Articles and Diagrams on Plot
Plot Plotting by Sara Wilson Etienne
Plotting discussion and diagrams.
And the Plot Thickens by Dora Hiers
The Hero’s Journey and more
The Lester Dent Story and Plotting Formula
Lester Dent, the creator of Doc Savage, produced a sort of down-and-dirty but extremely effective (for its day) plotting scheme for short fiction. It brought him fame and fortune. Really.
His simple formula can be easily converted to novel lengths and may well be useful in particular instances today.
The Man Behind Doc Savage by Michael Mallory
Karen Woodward’s 5-post blog series on Dent’s formula:
I have added the Part numbers to keep things straight.
Part O (Yes, I know there is no O in Roman numerals) is sort of a rough start-up of the project, Parts I through V are more polished.
Part O – Lester Dent’s Short Story Formula