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Starter Templates

Plottr includes a growing number of templates based on proven storytelling techniques to help you outline better and faster.

What is a Starter Template?

A timeline starter template is a combination of preconfigured chapters (or story beats), plotlines, and scene cards based on storytelling structures like Hero’s Journey.

Some of our templates include the following:

  • Hero’s Journey
  • Romancing the Beat (based on the book by Gwen Hayes)
  • 12 Chapter Mystery Formula
  • W Plot
  • 7 Point Plot Structure

Start a New File with a Template

To start a new Plottr file from a timeline starter template:

  1. Open Plottr
  2. Visit the File menu
  3. Click New from Template
  4. Select the template you wish to use and click Choose
  5. Now, you can start outlining using that template as the basis of your new story

Install a Template in an Existing File

Plottr allows you to easily add a starter template from the Timeline:

  • Open Plottr
  • Hover over the plus (+) symbol on the bottom left of the the Timeline grid and click “Use Template”
  • Select the template you wish to use and click “Add”
  • Now, you can start outlining using that template as the basis of your story

Common Questions

Can I switch from one template to another?

To replace a template within an existing file, you must currently manually clear out the unwanted elements from the Timeline. You can also start a new file with a template. However, we are working on improvements to the templating interface to make it easier to switch in the future 🙂

Can I create my own templates?

Yes! You can save your Timeline as a template by clicking the “Save as Template” button on the Timeline toolbar. You can then use your templates as the basis of other books / projects within Plottr.

Updated on March 10, 2021

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