Smitford 16: Phase 4: Fighting for Love – Dark Night – Crisis – Dark Night of the Soul

Smitford Plot Terms: Phase 4: Fighting for Love – Dark Night – Crisis – Dark Night of the Soul

Phase 4: Fighting for Love – Dark Night – Crisis – Dark Night of the Soul – The main character hits bottom, and wallows in hopelessness. The Why hast thou forsaken me, Lord? moment. Mourning the loss of what has “died” – the dream, the goal, the mentor character, the love of your life, etc. But, you must fall completely before you can pick yourself back up and try again.

Act 3
Sequence 16

Phase 4: Fighting for Love
Dark NightCrisisDark Night of the Soul – The main character hits bottom, and wallows in hopelessness. The Why hast thou forsaken me, Lord? moment. Mourning the loss of what has “died” – the dream, the goal, the mentor character, the love of your life, etc. But, you must fall completely before you can pick yourself back up and try again.

QUOTE

Climax begins. 88% mark. Page 176. Chapter 11 Page 181
This Turning Point forces the protagonist and the antagonist to finally face each other.
(KM Weiland, https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/novel-writing-checklist/)

NOTE

QUESTIONS

SOURCES

Source: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WZFvVGLd2adoWR-WOkzUvC3Pk80oxArhxd1-1Vw09CQ/edit
Romancing the Beat
http://gwenhayes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/RtB_worksheet.pdf
Jami Gold Romance Beat Sheet
https://jamigold.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Romance-Beat-Sheet1.jpg
Save the Cat
https://timstout.wordpress.com/story-structure/blake-snyders-beat-sheet/

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Smitford 15: Break Up – Crisis – All is Lost

Smitford Plot Terms: Break Up – Crisis – All is Lost

Act 2
Sequence 15

Break UpCrisisAll is Lost

QUOTE

NOTE

QUESTIONS

SOURCES

Source: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WZFvVGLd2adoWR-WOkzUvC3Pk80oxArhxd1-1Vw09CQ/edit
Romancing the Beat
http://gwenhayes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/RtB_worksheet.pdf
Jami Gold Romance Beat Sheet
https://jamigold.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Romance-Beat-Sheet1.jpg
Save the Cat
https://timstout.wordpress.com/story-structure/blake-snyders-beat-sheet/

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Smitford 14: Shields Up – Crisis – All is Lost

Smitford Plot Terms: Shields Up – Crisis – All is Lost

Act 2
Sequence 11

Shields UpCrisisAll is Lost

QUOTE

Recovery. 75% to 88%. Page 150-176.
Protagonist reels as he questions his choices, his commitment to his goal, and his own worth and ability.
(KM Weiland, https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/novel-writing-checklist/)

NOTE

QUESTIONS

SOURCES

Source: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WZFvVGLd2adoWR-WOkzUvC3Pk80oxArhxd1-1Vw09CQ/edit
Romancing the Beat
http://gwenhayes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/RtB_worksheet.pdf
Jami Gold Romance Beat Sheet
https://jamigold.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Romance-Beat-Sheet1.jpg
Save the Cat
https://timstout.wordpress.com/story-structure/blake-snyders-beat-sheet/

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Smitford 13: Retreat Beat – Crisis – All Is Lost

Smitford Plot Terms: Retreat Beat – Crisis – All Is Lost

– The opposite moment from the Midpoint: “awful”/“great”. The moment that the main character realizes they’ve lost everything they gained, or everything they now have has no meaning. The initial goal now looks even more impossible than before. And here, something or someone dies. It can be physical or emotional, but the death of something old makes way for something new to be born.

Act
Sequence

Retreat BeatCrisisAll Is Lost – The opposite moment from the Midpoint: “awful”/“great”. The moment that the main character realizes they’ve lost everything they gained, or everything they now have has no meaning. The initial goal now looks even more impossible than before. And here, something or someone dies. It can be physical or emotional, but the death of something old makes way for something new to be born.

QUOTE

Third act timeline.

Third plot Point 75% Mark. Page 150. Chapter 10 Page 163
A dark moment for the character. After the victory at the end of the second act he experiences a reversal.
(KM Weiland, https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/novel-writing-checklist/)

NOTE

QUESTIONS

SOURCES

Source: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WZFvVGLd2adoWR-WOkzUvC3Pk80oxArhxd1-1Vw09CQ/edit
Romancing the Beat
http://gwenhayes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/RtB_worksheet.pdf
Jami Gold Romance Beat Sheet
https://jamigold.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Romance-Beat-Sheet1.jpg
Save the Cat
https://timstout.wordpress.com/story-structure/blake-snyders-beat-sheet/

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Smitford 12: Deepening Doubt – Crisis – Bad Guys Close In

Smitford Plot Terms: Deepening Doubt – Crisis – Bad Guys Close In

Act 2
Sequence 12

Deepening DoubtCrisisBad Guys Close In

QUOTE

Renewed push. 62% to 75%. Page 124-150. Chapter 9 Page 145
Protagonist renews attack upon the antagonist he reaches the seeming victory.
(KM Weiland, https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/novel-writing-checklist/)

NOTE

QUESTIONS

SOURCES

Source: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WZFvVGLd2adoWR-WOkzUvC3Pk80oxArhxd1-1Vw09CQ/edit
Romancing the Beat
http://gwenhayes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/RtB_worksheet.pdf
Jami Gold Romance Beat Sheet
https://jamigold.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Romance-Beat-Sheet1.jpg
Save the Cat
https://timstout.wordpress.com/story-structure/blake-snyders-beat-sheet/


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Smitford 11: Phase 3: Retreating from Love: Inkling of Doubt – Pinch Point #2 – Bad guys Close In

Smitford Plot Terms: Phase 3: Retreating from Love: Inkling of Doubt – Pinch Point #2 – Bad guys Close In

Phase 3: Retreating from Love


– Doubt, jealousy, fear, foes both physical and emotional regroup to defeat the main character’s goal, and the main character’s “great”/“awful” situation disintegrates.

Act
Sequence

Phase 3: Retreating from Love
Inkling of DoubtPinch Point #2 [Again, not the same as “Inkling of Doubt,” just sort of lines up]Bad guys Close In – Doubt, jealousy, fear, foes both physical and emotional regroup to defeat the main character’s goal, and the main character’s “great”/“awful” situation disintegrates.

QUOTE

Second pitch point. 62% mark. Page 124. Chapter 8 Page 127
Foreshadows third plot point and serves to remind the protagonist what is at stake.
(KM Weiland, https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/novel-writing-checklist/)


NOTE

QUESTIONS

SOURCES

Source: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WZFvVGLd2adoWR-WOkzUvC3Pk80oxArhxd1-1Vw09CQ/edit
Romancing the Beat
http://gwenhayes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/RtB_worksheet.pdf
Jami Gold Romance Beat Sheet
https://jamigold.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Romance-Beat-Sheet1.jpg
Save the Cat
https://timstout.wordpress.com/story-structure/blake-snyders-beat-sheet/

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Smitford 10: Midpoint of Love – Midpoint – Midpoint

Smitford Plot Terms: Midpoint of Love – Midpoint – Midpoint

– Dependent upon the story, this moment is when everything is “great” or everything is “awful”. The main character either gets everything they think they want (“great”) or doesn’t get what they think they want at all (“awful”). But not everything we think we want is what we actually need in the end.

Act 2
Sequence 10

Midpoint of LoveMidpointMidpoint – Dependent upon the story, this moment is when everything is “great” or everything is “awful”. The main character either gets everything they think they want (“great”) or doesn’t get what they think they want at all (“awful”). But not everything we think we want is what we actually need in the end.

QUOTE

NOTE

QUESTIONS

SOURCES

Source: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WZFvVGLd2adoWR-WOkzUvC3Pk80oxArhxd1-1Vw09CQ/edit
Romancing the Beat
http://gwenhayes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/RtB_worksheet.pdf
Jami Gold Romance Beat Sheet
https://jamigold.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Romance-Beat-Sheet1.jpg
Save the Cat
https://timstout.wordpress.com/story-structure/blake-snyders-beat-sheet/

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Smitford 9: Maybe This Could Work – Midpoint – The Promise of the Premise

Smitford Plot Terms: Maybe This Could Work – Midpoint – The Promise of the Premise

Act
Sequence

Maybe This Could WorkMidpointThe Promise of the Premise

Source: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WZFvVGLd2adoWR-WOkzUvC3Pk80oxArhxd1-1Vw09CQ/edit
Romancing the Beat
http://gwenhayes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/RtB_worksheet.pdf
Jami Gold Romance Beat Sheet
https://jamigold.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Romance-Beat-Sheet1.jpg
Save the Cat
https://timstout.wordpress.com/story-structure/blake-snyders-beat-sheet/

QUOTE

NOTE

QUESTIONS

SOURCES

Source: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WZFvVGLd2adoWR-WOkzUvC3Pk80oxArhxd1-1Vw09CQ/edit
Romancing the Beat
http://gwenhayes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/RtB_worksheet.pdf
Jami Gold Romance Beat Sheet
https://jamigold.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Romance-Beat-Sheet1.jpg
Save the Cat
https://timstout.wordpress.com/story-structure/blake-snyders-beat-sheet/

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Smitford 8: Deepening Desire – Midpoint – The Promise of the Premise

Smitford Plot Terms: Deepening Desire – Midpoint – The Promise of the Premise

Act 2
Sequence 8

QUOTE

Action. 50% to 62%. Page 100-124 Chapter 7 Page 109
Thanks to his new understanding, the protagonist makes Headway against antagonist.
(KM Weiland, https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/novel-writing-checklist/)

NOTE

QUESTIONS

SOURCES

Source: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WZFvVGLd2adoWR-WOkzUvC3Pk80oxArhxd1-1Vw09CQ/edit
Romancing the Beat
http://gwenhayes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/RtB_worksheet.pdf
Jami Gold Romance Beat Sheet
https://jamigold.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Romance-Beat-Sheet1.jpg
Save the Cat
https://timstout.wordpress.com/story-structure/blake-snyders-beat-sheet/


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Smitford 7: Inkling of Desire – Midpoint – The Promise of the Premise

Smitford Plot Terms: Inkling of Desire – Midpoint – The Promise of the Premise

Inkling of Desire
Midpoint
The Promise of the Premise – This is when Craig Thompson’s relationship with Raina blooms, when Indiana Jones tries to beat the Nazis to the Lost Ark, when the detective finds the most clues and dodges the most bullets. This is when the main character explores the new world and the audience is entertained by the premise they have been promised.

Act 2
Sequence 7

Chapter 6 Page 91
Midpoint. 50% Mark. Page 100

The Moment of Truth when the protagonist realizes the central truth about the nature of the conflict
(KM Weiland, https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/novel-writing-checklist/)

Inkling of DesireMidpointThe Promise of the Premise – This is when Craig Thompson’s relationship with Raina blooms, when Indiana Jones tries to beat the Nazis to the Lost Ark, when the detective finds the most clues and dodges the most bullets. This is when the main character explores the new world and the audience is entertained by the premise they have been promised.

QUOTE
(KM Weiland, https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/novel-writing-checklist/)

NOTE

QUESTIONS

SOURCES

Source: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WZFvVGLd2adoWR-WOkzUvC3Pk80oxArhxd1-1Vw09CQ/edit
Romancing the Beat
http://gwenhayes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/RtB_worksheet.pdf
Jami Gold Romance Beat Sheet
https://jamigold.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Romance-Beat-Sheet1.jpg
Save the Cat
https://timstout.wordpress.com/story-structure/blake-snyders-beat-sheet/

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