Fill-in-the-Blank Plotting

Fill-in-the-Blank Plotting, by Linda George

Fill-in-the-Blank Plotting:
A Guide to Outlining a Novel
Using the Hero’s Journey & Three-Act Structure
by Linda George

Crickhollow Books  •  2009
Trade Softcover • 76 pages • 5.5” x 8.5”
Writing / Reference / Instructional Guides
$14.00  •  ISBN-13: 978-1-933987-03-3

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Solid information for serious writers.”
– Lucille Davis, author of more than 20 books and writing instructor

“George facilitates a way for writers to blast their way through ideas and create a successful plot for their novel or short story. We know how to cogitate; now George provides the organizational tools for us to find our way to the end of our own stories.”
– Karen Willkie Luz, writer & photo journalist


Some writers are lucky. Plots pop into their heads fully formed and ready for the page. This book is for the rest of us. Fill-in-the-Blank Plotting combines the two top proven plot structures: the Hero’s Journey and the Three-Act Structure. Addresses the needs of writers seeking a reliable method to create a powerful plot.

For fiction writers who want to turn their ideas into a workable plot, here is a helping hand. Linda George’s method for outlining allows flexibility and creative “eureka” moments, while providing a reliable way to develop scenes, characters, turning points, and dramatic curves to build a stronger novel.

After years of wrestling with plots for her own novels, and years of teaching workshops, she came up with this way to develop a story’s plot by filling in the blanks. The method combines two sure-fire plotting structures – the Hero’s Journey and the Three-Act Structure.

In this book, Linda shares her plotting boards. She presents the twelve steps of the Hero’s Journey, and shows how the Journey fits into the classic Three-Act Structure. The method includes a way to create scene cards, color-code sub-plots and character appearances, and easily create a synopsis.

A fill-in-the-blank method may sound formulaic, but proves to be a wonderful platform for creativity – a sturdy trellis for the climbing vines of your story.


Linda George is an experienced author, teacher, and workshop leader. She lives in West Texas.