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Framing the Plot Part 3: Foes

Let's continue to add layers to our our story architecture by examining the role of the foes, those working against the solving of the overall story problem. They are the secondary characters that complicate things.

FOES
List the foe characters and their motivations and/or opinions on the central theme. List how these characters complicate or advance the protagonist's achievement of his goal.
Foe #1 Character Name:  ______________________________________________
Enters the story in Scene#___________     Exits the story in Scene#___________
This character complicates or advances the protagonist’s achievement of his goal by:________________________________________________________________
Foe #2 Character Name:  ______________________________________________
Enters the story in Scene#___________     Exits the story in Scene#___________
This character complicates or advances the protagonist’s achievement of his goal by: _______________________________________________________________
Foe #3 Character Name:  _____________________________________________
Enters the story in Scene#___________     Exits the story in Scene#___________
This character complicates or advances the protagonist’s achievement of his goal by:_______________________________________________________________
Foe #4 Character Name:  _____________________________________________
Enters the story in Scene#___________     Exits the story in Scene#___________
This character complicates or advances the protagonist’s achievement of his goal by: ______________________________________________________________
Foe #5 Character Name:  _____________________________________________
Enters the story in Scene#___________     Exits the story in Scene#___________
This character complicates or advances the protagonist’s achievement of his goal by: _______________________________________________________________
Foe #6 Character Name:  _____________________________________________
Enters the story in Scene#___________     Exits the story in Scene#___________
This character complicates or advances the protagonist’s achievement of his goal by: _______________________________________________________________
Foe #7 Character Name:  _____________________________________________
Enters the story in Scene#___________     Exits the story in Scene#___________
This character complicates or advances the protagonist’s achievement of his goal by: ______________________________________________________________
Foe #8 Character Name:  ____________________________________________
Enters the story in Scene#___________     Exits the story in Scene#___________
This character complicates or advances the protagonist’s achievement of his goal by: ______________________________________________________________
Foe #9 Character Name:  ____________________________________________
Enters the story in Scene#___________     Exits the story in Scene#___________
This character complicates or advances the protagonist’s achievement of his goal by: ______________________________________________________________
Foe #10 Character Name: ____________________________________________
Enters the story in Scene#___________     Exits the story in Scene#___________
This character complicates or advances the protagonist’s achievement of his goal by: ______________________________________________________________
List of tertiary characters (these are the walk-ons or any character that doesn’t have a motive or stake in the overall story problem):
Extra #1 Character Name: _____________________________________________
Appears in scene(s) #:_________________________________________________
Extra #2 Character Name: _____________________________________________
Appears in scene(s) #:_________________________________________________
Extra #3 Character Name: _____________________________________________
Appears in scene(s) #:_________________________________________________
Extra #4 Character Name: _____________________________________________
Appears in scene(s) #:_________________________________________________
Extra #5 Character Name: _____________________________________________
Appears in scene(s) #:_________________________________________________
Extra #6 Character Name: _____________________________________________
Appears in scene(s) #:_________________________________________________
Extra #7 Character Name: _____________________________________________
Appears in scene(s) #:_________________________________________________
Extra #8 Character Name: _____________________________________________
Appears in scene(s) #:_________________________________________________
Extra #9 Character Name: _____________________________________________
Appears in scene(s) #:_________________________________________________
Extra #10 Character Name: ____________________________________________
Appears in scene(s) #:_________________________________________________
Extra #11 Character Name: ____________________________________________
Appears in scene(s) #:_________________________________________________
Extra #12 Character Name: ____________________________________________
Appears in scene(s) #:_________________________________________________
Extra #13 Character Name: ____________________________________________
Appears in scene(s) #:_________________________________________________
Extra #14 Character Name: ____________________________________________
Appears in scene(s) #:_________________________________________________
Extra #15 Character Name: ____________________________________________
Appears in scene(s) #:_________________________________________________
Extra #16 Character Name: ____________________________________________
Appears in scene(s) #:_________________________________________________
Tune in next week as we turn our skeleton into a working synopsis.
For more about how to craft plots using conflict check out, Story Building Blocks: The Four Layers of conflict available in print and e-book and check out the free tools and information about the series on my website.

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