Last week, I explained to you what best sheets are; this week I’m giving you a list of good ones available online for free, plus a list of books (one also free) that would help you structure your story. Before that though, I want to thank Ashley Claudy who shared two beat sheets in the Wattpad to Published facebook group when I asked for suggestions.
- Six beat sheets on Jami Gold’s website. Included: Save the Cat Beat Sheet (based on Blake Snyder’s teachings); Story Engineering Beat Sheet (based on Larry Brooks’ teachings); Master Beat Sheet (combining Save the Cat and Story Engineering); Jami Gold’s Basic Beat Sheet; Six Stage Plot Structure Beat Sheet (based on Michael Hauge’s teachings); Jami Gold’s Romance Beat Sheet. The page also has writing checklists and Scrivener templates.
- Romancing the Beat by Gwen Hayes. This link will take you to the FREE cheat sheet for her not-free book of the same name. I’ve downloaded the sheet and it looks good on its own; I still plan to buy the book at some point though, and get more details on the topic.
- The 7-point Plot System by Dan Wells. I found about the beat sheet on Belinda Crawford’s site where there’s a blurry jpg image, but also downloadable pdf and MS Excel versions.
– 5 Secrets of Story Structure by K.M. Weiland | Amazon e-book: FREE
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I hope these are useful to you!
If you know of other beat sheets or good books on structuring a novel/novella/short story, tell us about them in the comments!