NaNoWriMo Tip #16 : Use a Plot Diagram Tool

By Jason Boog 

Halfway through National Novel Writing Month, does your plot feel like a jumbled mess?  Read Write Think has developed an elegant and simple Plot Diagram tool that can help you map out your story. Click on the image above to enlarge the sample diagram.

Here’s more about the program: “This mapping of plot structure allows readers and writers to visualize the key features of stories. The basic triangle-shaped plot structure, representing the beginning, middle, and end of a story, was described by Aristotle. Gustav Freytag modified Aristotle’s system by adding a rising action and a falling action to the structure. This interactive version of the graphic organizer supports both Aristotle’s and Freytag’s conceptualizations of plot structures.”

This is our sixteenth NaNoWriMo Tip of the Day. As writers around the country join the writing marathon this month, we will share one piece of advice or writing tool to help you cope with this daunting project.