The Plot Diagram or Book Map is a graphic tool can be used to visualize key features of a chapter or an entire story. It helps identify areas that need additional work so that the entire piece is cohesive.
Below are several humorous videos explaining how to use a Plot Pyramid. At the bottom of the post is a FREE PDF download of Freytag’s Pyramid.
Note: Color code the diagrams by character so that in addition to seeing the rising and falling action of each chapter, you will also see the balance of your character points of view throughout your book.
Parts of the Pyramid
Inciting Incident – something occurs to start the conflict.
Rising Action – building tension.
Climax – the peak of the scene/story.
Falling Action – events that happen after the climax.
Resolution – how the conflict is resolved.
Click on the image below to download a free Plot Map PDF.