Movies as Story Beats / Plot Templates

heart of heartsI’m working with a premise that’s very loosely based on the 2001 movie, “America’s Sweethearts.” To simplify the plotting, I created a quick story beats summary, I took the key transitional moments (as I saw them) in the movie… and then I made them generic.

I’m sure I’ll use this as a template for several books.

Please don’t share these links. (And, I may delete this article in a few days.) I’d rather not see a bazillion books that are more-or-less the same story, over & over again.

(Yes, many successful genre fiction stories are the same few stories, told different ways. I just don’t want this particular story/theme to show up in a dozen-or-so books in the same sub-genre I’m writing in, all at the same time.)

The following PDFs show how I’m working with this concept. And: full credit goes to Geoff Shaw’s “Reverse Engineering” method taught in his superb Udemy course.

Also, if you haven’t seen the movie (which I recommend to romance writers), my PDFs contain spoilers. The film is on Netflix right now, so you may want to watch it, first. It’s a romantic comedy with some suggestive jokes, but no nudity.

P.S. Some of these plot points are similar to story elements in Jane Austen’s “Mansfield Park.” Mary Crawford is a lot like “Mary” in my 2nd PDF. I didn’t realize that until I re-read the PDF.

And now… back to writing!

3 thoughts on “Movies as Story Beats / Plot Templates”

  1. Cool! I love being able to peer over the shoulder of other authors and see how they do what they do. Always very helpful.

    Also, since I got an email notif, I got in before the edits! I am usually too late, and the wayback machine only saves me sometimes. 😀

    Thank You 🙂

    1. I love the Wayback Machine! But, in my case, when I edit an article, it’s usually to improve it. Either the grammar was wonky or the article had lost its focus. (When I delete things, they’ll usually return in a new and better context, later. And in more detail.)

      The long hours I put into my books…? If I can create shortcuts, I do. And, if they’re useful shortcuts, I love to help the writing community by sharing insights and — in this case — plot templates.

  2. Can you contact me? I’ve been a little worried about you and I finally found something you’d written recently, if you are who I think you are. Thanks!

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