3 Act 9 Block 27 Chapter Novel Plot


By: Damian Gadal

Exhaustion struck after playing house and struggling to achieve this fascinating novel which was begun many moons ago. This book was completed with just over 70,000 words. Then I grew ill and was given various medications and decided to edit it myself. During this time, the chopping began on this novel and I landed with just over 30,000 words. I can hear the shrieks as some are reading this. Yes, it happened. Devastation sank in and there was no way to obtain the lost since none of it was saved.

The medication I’m on has this uncanny way of causing my concentration to be nonexistent most of the time, and I have a short memory span. I write when I can and it takes me five times as long as it used to just to dish out a modest paragraph. I remain determined to get it finished and published so here I am. My structure is all over the place and I have problems repeating myself even when I type. Weird, I know, but bear with me and hopefully it will not be too uncomfortable for either of us.

Each day I I will go through the steps of creating a comprehensive novel using various systems. This process of writing a novel is the 3 Acts, 9 Blocks, 27 Chapter outline that is oftentimes used by writers who use Scrivner. Since it is a long process I will be teaching it over a few days. I estimate it will take you a while to finish doing each segment if you continue following along.

Once this outline is finished, you will have completed 27 chapters for a nice novel. The structure separates the book into sections to make it simpler to navigate your way through it. The novel is separated into portions to express a different plot point of the story.

This is how the book will evolve:

Act 1

Block 1

  • Intro – Set up Chapter One
  • Inciting Incident – Conflict
  • Immediate Reaction – Resolution

Block 2

  • Reaction – Set up
  • Action – Conflict
  • Consequence – Resolution

Block 3

  • Pressure – Set up
  • Pinch – Conflict
  • Push – Resolution

Act 2

Block 4

  • New World – Set up
  • Fun & Games – Conflict
  • Old Contrast – Resolution

Block 5

  • Build Up – Set up
  • Midpoint – Conflict
  • Reversal – Resolution

Block 6

  • Reaction – Set up
  • Action – Conflict
  • Dedication – Resolution

Act 3

Block 7

  • Trials – Set up
  • Pinch – Conflict
  • Darkest Point – Resolution

Block 8

  • Power Within – Set up
  • Action – Conflict
  • Converge – Resolution

Block 9

  • Battle – Set Up
  • Climax – Conflict
  • Resolution – Resolution

It’s okay if you don’t understand this, some individuals don’t when they first encounter the outline. It took a while before it clicked and before I could write without having to have a cheat sheet. I built a cheat sheet in Scrivner using this technique so I could continue producing it over and over. This technique made my writing faster and more precise. If it seems confusing now, once you read through this, it won’t be. In fact, once you start using this method, you will see how much faster it is to write using this method and your readers will thank you.


Intro – Set Up: also known as the Hook Chapter 1

This is where the main character or protagonist is introduced in the novel. The hero can be happy or unhappy. They live in their normal world, getting along in their ordinary life. The reader perceives them just as they are. Time has not changed at all. Flash-backs may not be a good idea within the first section of the novel. It is a good idea to keep this section of the book for the here-and-now. Another option would be to hook your readers by raising an intriguing question.

Inciting Incident – Conflict: Chapter 2

A problem disrupts the protagonist’s life. Everything up until this point is the backstory, and everything after this point is “the story”. This is what creates the story and gives the push it needs to keep the readers going. I read somewhere that an inciting incident should take place within the first 100 pages of a 400-page novel or within the first 25% of it. The sooner the inciting incident takes place, the better. The purpose here is to get the attention of the reader. The inciting incident is the turning point at which something will happen to your hero (this is what your book will be about). In the inciting incident three things always happen: the inciting incident happens in the first act, it happens to the protagonist (the hero or main character), and the inciting incident is generally set in motion by someone or something else.

If you do a lot of preparation and outlining like I do before writing a book, you perhaps already know what your inciting incident will be. If you were writing a screenplay on The Flash, your inciting incident might be the moment Barry was lit up by lightning and turned into The Flash.

Immediate Reaction – Resolution: Chapter 3

For every action, there is a reaction, and the same goes for our novel. Our character just had something happen and they require space to bounce back. How are they going to react to this? The hero is driven into an unfamiliar world, a complex world, a world that they aren’t used to. They will come through it but how they survive is up to you. Their whole life has turned upside down. This is the moment when you give your protagonist (hero) enough room to breathe. Everything is different and the reader needs to know what is going on. This is the WTF moment in your novel where the reader is on the edge of their seat.

Block 2 – Problem Disrupts Hero’s Life

Block 2 draws the reader into what happens to the protagonist after their world’s drifted into chaos. Take a look at what happened in Block 1; We met the hero of the story, something happened to them that changed their life, and then we saw the immediate reaction to this change. In Block 2 we get to see how they react after the initial falling apart.

Reaction – Set Up Chapter 4

The obstacle hasn’t went away and now we must live with this problem. This problem is our obstacle like you are moving up a mountain. The hero is reflecting on the inciting incident. Show how the hero might react to the obstacle.

            Action – Conflict Chapter 5

This is what the hero, or protagonist does, as as result of what occurred to him. These consequences move us on to the next section of this plot sequence. The hero has taken action at this point in the story.

            Consequence – Resolution Chapter 6

Everything has consequences. In Block 2, our action meets these consequences. What happened to the hero during this experience? He went on a journey and during this journey his world changed; he had opportunity to reflect, recuperate, and now he must deal with the consequences of his actions.

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