Fiction is a favorite of many readers. Within this broad category, we have sci-fi, fantasy, romance, and more. Fiction does like some formulaic items in much the same way as screenplays. Good storytelling is a big plus in fiction.
There are five parts of a fiction story:
1. The Hook/Problem: This is an introduction of a problem or conflict that is basic to the entire story. This is the conflict that slowly plays out and is resolved in some manner by the end of the play, screenplay, novel or story. This needs to be compelling and draw the audience into the story; otherwise, there would be no need to write the story.
EXAMPLE: Mary hits Sally in the middle of the mall.
2. The Complication: This is where the original conflict described in The Hook gets more complicated.
EXAMPLE: We learn that Sally went out with Mary's boyfriend.
3. The Hero’s Goal: At this stage of the story, the goal of the hero has been clearly defined and the hero is clearly setting out to achieve it.
EXAMPLE: We know that Mary is out to win back her boyfriend and see her working toward this goal.
POINTS IN BETWEEN
- Turn of Events: The hero now has an obstacle to overcome.
- Hero's New Goal: The hero now establishes a new goal.
- Major Reversal: The hero appears to have lost all goals.
- Redefining of Hero's Goal: Hero must redefine goal into what showdown is about.
4. Climax: This point is the highest point in the story.
EXAMPLE: Mary sees Sally. They reminisce about the dead boyfriend.
5. Resolution: This is the very last scene where all the loose ends get tied up. Whatever needs to be resolved gets resolved at this point.
EXAMPLE: Mary and Sally become best friends and move into an apartment together.