Module 2: Story Heart
Lesson 6 (of 6) – Story Summary
Playbook Action Step(s):
Action Step #1 – Your story summary:
Simplify your story into one sentence
Focus your story at its core.
Breaking down your story into its simplest form solidifies exactly what your story is all about, and it helps you share it with others (if desired).
Here is where you will take four components that you’ve already created and organize them in a specific order to generate your Story Summary.
Review the examples, then place your components into the provided formula.
– What is your one-sentence Story Summary?
Please create your Story Summary using the formula below:
Your protagonist in a complicated situation
+ the core conflict (related to antagonist’s story goal)
+ one primary layer of the setting (time, place, etc.)
+ the story goal of your protagonist
= Story Summary
A simple hobbit is hunted
+ by a Dark Lord seeking a powerful ring,
+ and the hobbit is forced to flee his peaceful Shire
+ to destroy the ring and save Middleearth.
= The Lord of the Rings
A cheating husband is suspected of murder when
+ his wife goes missing
+ in the quaint town of North Carthage, Missouri,
+ and he must uncover the truth to prove his innocence.
= Gone Girl