1. Write down who your story is about. (Protagonist) Example: A clumsy bear. 2. Add what your protagonist wants. (Objective) Example: A clumsy bear wants to win the hand of Sweetheart Bear. 3. Add why it is hard for your protagonist to reach his or her objective. (Obstacle) Example: A clumsy bear wants to win the hand of Sweetheart Bear, but, he has a rival who isn't clumsy.
1. Write down what happens at the beginning of the story that starts the protagonist towards his or her objective. (POA) Example: Sweetheart Bear tells Clumsy Bear and his rival she will marry whomever brings her the sweetest gift. 2. Write down the first scene that shows the obstacle. (Conflict) Example: Clumsy Bear has a talent for finding honey, but he falls from the tree branch, and his rival gets the honey first! 3. Write how the protagonist does something good. (Progress) Example: Clumsy Bear finds two more honey patches, now he has more honey than the rival! 4. Write how something so bad happens, it looks like the protagonist can't win. (Climax) Example: Clumsy Bear hurrying to bring his gift, trips in the meadow and now has nothing to give! 5. Write how the protagonist overcomes the bad thing, to win after all, or how the protagonist fails. (Conclusion) Example: Clumsy Bear tells Sweetheart Bear that he has nothing to give but his heart. She says that is the sweetest gift of all and agrees to marry him!