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Genre Story Templates

Here you will find a range of templates for popular genres, such as mystery, romance and short story.

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Popular Genre Story Outline Templates

Mystery Novel Template

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Mystery novel outline template, cheatsheetAct One

Present the crime
Introduce the sleuth
Offer plausible suspects
Introduce crime complications
Introduce private life subplot

Act Two

Initial investigations and interrogations reveal clues
Disappearance of one suspect
Raise the stakes
Development of sub plot

Act Three

Reveal hidden motives of stakeholders
Unsatisfying solution reached
Return to overlooked clue from act one
Resolution of subplot
Confrontation with perpetrator
Resolution

 

Romance Novel Outline Template

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Romance novel template outline cheatsheetAct One

1. Introduce the protagonist (who feels incomplete)
2. Protagonist meets love interest but there is conflict
3. Characters are forced to spend time together
4. Characters’ goals are at cross purposes

Act Two

5. Characters are bound together in a situation (sexual tension occurs)
6. Protagonist’s individual desire conflicts with the growing relationship
7. Crisis – shift to prioritize relationship ends in disaster

Act Three

8. Climax – protagonist must make personal sacrifice for ultimately fulfilling relationship

Seven Point Short Story Structure Template

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7 Point Short Story Structure

 

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