When Do You Use the Beat Sheet?
How do you integrate the beat sheet in your writing process? Naomi Beaty and Don Roff provide a cornucopia of answers among these considerations: Is the right character at the center of your story? Should you start with the Final Image? How much do you rely on the beat sheet as you write? How much does your beat sheet change as your characters change? How important is it to know your genre? What is a “beatment” and how could it help you? How do you build to the Midpoint? And… how do you use the beat sheet to shape your rewrite?
[art: Anthony Tomine for The New Yorker]