What Are Plot Points?

Today, I’m guest posting on Writing Forward, with a post called “What Are Plot Points?” Here’s an excerpt:

Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story

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Take moment to think of some of the most significant scenes in your favorite stories.

More than likely, the scenes that pop to mind are those in which major events occur: Jane meets Mr. Rochester, the Titanic hits the iceberg, Darth Vader kills Obi-Wan. These are some of the most dramatic scenes in film and literature. They’re scenes that move their respective plots forward by leaps and bounds.

These are called plot points.

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K.M. Weiland is the award-winning and internationally-published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs. A native of western Nebraska, she writes historical and fantasy novels and mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.


  1. April Guscott says

    Hi, I hope you’re doing well. I’m a little confused. Are you treating the second plot point as the midpoint? I’m trying to track all of the major beats that I’m supposed to hit when writing. So I understand where the first plot point should be, as well as the pinch points and the third plot point. I can’t find the second plot point mentioned in your book.


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