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Does anyone have a 'plot outline' for chapter books for me to look at? Similar to the '12 spread template' for picture books that helps you plot on which spreads a character should be introduced, or where the inciting incident occurs etc?

I know that chapter books tend to be (roughly) 20 chapters of 500 words each so the inciting incident probably needs to occur by the end of the second chapter but is there a rule of thumb for the confrontation to kick in by chapter 5, the realisation as to what is needed to hit by chapter 10, crisis by chapter 12 and so on and so forth? Anything that will help me plot the story against the chapter numbers would be useful as a compass. Thank you.
#1 - January 09, 2022, 08:11 AM


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