Introduction

The BS7 is a powerful tool for Story Design.

Nothing more, nothing less.

Remember, your journey as an artist is to find YOUR way.

Remember, it doesn’t matter if it works, the only question that matters is does it work for YOU?

If something works for you, use it.

If not, then find something that does WORK.
You ready?

Step 1 – Storyline

I’m not going to bias your mind by saying this is the most important part of your Story Design.

You don’t want to lock yourself in by using categories and prejudice to offset the importance of each step.

Each step is important and remember, they are all steps, not linear, just steps.

If you choose to walk up the steps, have a burst of inspiration, you can walk back down the steps and return to this step.

Sometimes, shuffling around the steps will bring you insight and a new way of viewing your Story.

Step 2 – Beat Sheet

Good, got that done.

Now, let’s move on to the beat sheet.

A major, there I go, let’s try this again.

This is a great tool for organizing your story and like the other steps, think of this step in relation to the others, not in isolation.

Never forget about shuffling around ideas, try it and see how it works for you.

Step 3 – Sequences and Scenes

Sequencing

Wow, you made it to the sequences.

You excited yet?

A great step for organization, these four sequences take your ideas and concepts and organize them into four parts.

Scenes

From those four parts, you narrow down your ideas and concepts by creating scenes in those parts.

And before you know it, your story starts taking shape.

NOTE: You can add pressure to each sequence by adding a huge setback at the end of each one.

Step 4 – Draft

No more talking, no more thinking, no more playing around.

Take your butt, put it down somewhere, and get to writing.

Stop reading this, get to WRITING!

Step 5 – Revelations and Reveals

Revelation (Character)

Go through your First Draft and study your scenes.

Any surprises happen to your character(s)?

Any surprises that should happen to your character(s)?

Any surprises that will shake your story out of control?

After answering these questions, list these surprises and study each accordingly.

Does this surprise hinder the story?

If it hinders the story, get rid of it.

Does this surprise help the story?

If it helps, use this surprise to organize your scenes at the character level.

Reveal (Plot)

Go through your scenes and study your scenes.

Any surprises happen in the plot?

Any surprises happen in your Story World?

Any surprises happen off-screen?

Any surprises that should happen?

Any surprises that will shake your story out of control?

After answering these questions, list these surprises and study each accordingly.

Does this surprise hinder the story?

If it hinders the story, get rid of it.

Does this surprise help the story?

If it helps, use this surprise to organize your scenes at the Sequence/Scene level.

Step 6 – Scene Weave

List all of your scenes.

List all of your revelations.

List all of your reveals.

Organize your revelations from weakest to strongest.

Organize your reveals from weakest to strongest.

Weave the revelations and reveals into your scenes for maximum impact.

Step 7 – Scene Design

Overview

Look at your scenes with the revelations and reveals.

Is this the best order?

If I shuffle them around, is this order better?

Is this the best order?

List your scenes by POV Character?

Edit your scenes for increasing power and tension by each POV Character.

Strengths

This is a detailed and efficient tool for planning, organizing, writing, and editing your story.

The BS7 is for providing you with the right mindset for finishing your story.

Weaknesses

Don’t disrespect yourself, this method is for writing only, not editing.

If you’re looking to edit your script, consider using the BS7 or the BS9.

The BS7 takes you from initial idea to First Draft to editing your scenes.

That’s a wonderful concept, but this does not take into account Story Resonance.

If you don’t care about theme or the Moral Premise, then by all means, use the BS7.

If you’re looking to build Story Resonance, you’re going to need build your Metaphors.

For adding Metaphors to your story for power, see the BS9.

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