6 tips on how to plot your novel or short story

• How to form your story’s basic structure
• Conflict: The heart of every story
• What is an ‘inciting incident’ in a story?
• Basic guidelines for your story’s rising action
• Write your story’s penultimate scene
• Descend the mountain with falling action
• BONUS: “I don’t praise plots as accurate representations of life, but as ways of keeping readers reading.”