Create a One-Liner Plot

What’s a One-Liner Plot?

A one-liner plot is a one statement that says everything about your plot.

Why Create a One-Liner Plot?

The one-liner plot helps you think about your plot clearly.”

I learnt this from a good old teacher of mine who used to pose me with only this question: So, what’s the plot? In one sentence, please. Giving that one-liner is a real challenge cause I always have so much to say about my plot. Now, I’m a real expert. When anyone asks me, ‘Tell me about your book.”

I’d give them my one-liner in split seconds and that’s ‘real cool’.

How to Create a One-Liner Plot?

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Let’s use our favourite picture again and the problem or conflict below to create our one-liner plot.

Protagonist: a furious teacher
Antagonist: a gutsy ten-year old student
Problem or Conflict: the gutsy ten-year old student caught the furious teacher beating up another student 

A Shot at a One-Liner Plot
In a classroom of a prestigious school which has always prided itself on assurance and love (setting), Jerome, the gutsy ten-year old student (character) desperately wanted to inform the headmaster about Mr. King beating up a senior student (character’s goal) but Jerome found himself dragged into the room, and threatened and forced not to spill the beans about the incident so Jerome gritted his teeth, lied about the not telling, and dashed out of the door.

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It’s Your Turn Now to Create a One-Liner Plot.”

Let’s create your one liner plot based on one or more of the pictures. Complete the details below to help you build the one-liner plots.

1. Picture A, B or C (write the picture you are referring to)

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__________________________________(character) wanted to ______________

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but _______________________________________________________________

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so ________________________________________________________________

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2. Pictures A + B

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__________________________________(character) wanted to ______________

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but _______________________________________________________________

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so ________________________________________________________________

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3. Pictures B + C

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__________________________________(character) wanted to ______________

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but _______________________________________________________________

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so ________________________________________________________________

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4. Pictures A + C

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__________________________________(character) wanted to ______________

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but _______________________________________________________________

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so ________________________________________________________________

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5. Pictures A + B + C

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__________________________________(character) wanted to ______________

____________________________________________________ (character’s goal)

but _______________________________________________________________

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so ________________________________________________________________

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