Hi, I'm Lianna.
If you're new to outlining, then you're probably just as confused as I was when you look at all of the different terms for an outline.
Now, before I begin explaining, I want to show you two different outline maps that I found that are on opisite ends of difficulty.
This is a picture I found that was very detailed when it came to plotting your novel. To be honest, when I first saw this...I was completely confused. (click to enlarge)
And this is another one I found that made me laugh because of how simple it explained everything. (click to enlarge)
So if you're just as lost as I was...allow me to explain.
The acts of your story are just used to separate your story into three parts: Beginning, Middle, and End.
This is the first thing that's going to be on your Novel plot (or story map). This is the first scene -- the introduction to your story world and characters.
This is the part of the story that propels your characters into to the good parts of the story: the call to action.
Plot points are significant events in the novel that spins the story or the action in another direction. It's an important point in the plot. Thus called...the plot point. The first plot point is going to happen right after the inciting indecent and another is going to come later on.
From here we have rising action, mounting tension, obstacles, and second thoughts.
As I've heard it been said, these scenes begin with the "we're not in Kansas anymore" scene.
This is the halfway point in your story. This is where your characters realize that things are going in a different direction than the inciting indecent had suggested.
Complications & Higher Stakes
This is where your protagonist decides to fight. They've experienced the complications and obstacles, they see the stakes, and they decide to fight.
The second plot point comes right after this.
This is the most exciting scene of the novel -- the battle of battles. The most important scene where it seems they've hit rock bottom.
This is where the action falls rapidly, everything gets resolved, and it ends in happily ever after...or whatever the ending of your story will be.
Are they any other terms you're wondering the meaning of? Be sure to let me know! You can also look at the post I did for three different ways to outline your novel so you can get started on plotting that book! Let's get writing. xx