Visualize your readers' emotional journey through your stories with Story Beats, a web-based tool for creating your own beat maps.

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Story Beats


Based on Beating the Story and Hamlet's Hit Points by Robin D. Laws. Used with permission and encouragement.

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Or, study Hamlet's Beat Map

Beatmap preview

Break your stories into typed beats:

Pipe

Pipe

Procedural

Procedural

Question

Question

Reveal

Reveal

Gratification

Gratification

And connect those beats with transitions:

Arrow freefloating up

Up beat

Arrow freefloating lateral

Lateral beat

Arrow freefloating down

Up beat

Arrow freefloating mixed

Mixed beat

& more!

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