I'm not so great at actually drawing out my plot structure. It is sooooo unlike the diagram above that I found on a random google search. Thank you google and people more talented than myself. As I was saying...Me and Structure mapping not such a happy couple. I can do the structure part, the maping gets a little crazy. That is until I was looking at this diagram, yes the one above, and WHAM! It hit me like I was the bug on the windshield of an idea. It's Harry Potter's Scar!
No, seriously, tilt your head a little and squint....YES! You see it don't you? This post could have just ended with a few little, "well now I'm inspired to do better" thoughts (which is true) but I'm willing to go another step forward and do a little map of my own, be afraid, be very afraid. So here's what I came up with:
Everything. EVERYTHING. Goes back to Harry's scar. It is the one thing that starts everything else. It IS the plot structure in a sense. Here's what I mean: (Keep in mind this is for the entire series, not just a book)
Inciting Accident: Harry's parents are killed and Harry aquires scar
Rising Action: Harry resists Lord Voldy's menions for two years and learns new, super, awesome spells
Reversal: Harry figures out not everyone is as they seem, Wormy and Padfoot Complex
Rising Action: Harry resists Lord Voldy and his minions for three more years
Reversal: Harry finds out for sure that it must be him. He is the ONLY one who can kill old Voldy.
Rising Action: Harry knows about horcruxes and works to distroy them. Finally getting all but at the cost of his life right?
Climax: WRONG. Harry is back again and fighting the Voldy who's about to go moldy!!!
Falling Action: Voldy dies and Harry moves on with life. "All is well." (<=Best three words ever written)
Get it now? All of those things goes back to the fact that Harry has a scar. Harry, not Neville or anyone else, Harry. It makes him a target, which makes him learn stuff, which makes him suspicious of others, which helps him to realize more people are on his side than he realizes, which makes him work harder to protect those people, which leads him to his mission, the killing of Voldy, finally his mostly happy ending and the final line of the books, "All is well."
I now have a starting place. What is my "scar"? What is it that will hook my books together? What's that thing that will hook your book together? I'd love to hear in the comments!