The Nines, Part One!

EDIT: I came back to this because people still tell me how it’s helped them and how it still even helps me get my shit together. Also, it needed a little touch-up. P.S. Oh my gosh, there’s a 2012 joke in here. I’m so sorry.


I’d say that’s a sign of the apocalypse but that’s so 2012.


Besides, the pudding guys fixed our problem.

Anyway, I totally hate plotting but it helps rewrites and it’ll definitely set up the sequels.

Let me explain.

Twenty-one elements.


They’re split into sections. Five, four, twelve.

Story, Big Idea, Goal, Conflict, Solution.

I start with those five then focus on the protagonist:
Want, Flaw, Need, Consequence.

Then the last twelve are the Hero’s Journey. I’ll explain each point and give examples from The Dark Knight.


The first five came from my AP Lit class.


So this is only main conflict. Man vs. Nature Man vs. Man Etc.
In The Dark Knight, the main conflict is Man vs. Man: Batman vs. The Joker; Man vs. Self: Bruce Wayne vs. himself.


This is difficult but this is theme.
Could be growing up for YA or responsibility for NA.

Several ideas come out in The Dark Knight. Madness, chaos, standing for something believe in.
I’d recommend filling this out last possible moment if you don’t know. Pick basic, too.

The main idea to this Batman flick, I think, was roles. Throughout the movie, each role came with a set of belief and consequences.


Rachel’s job comes with dangerous possibilities. As a former girlfriend and current girlfriend, she’s also in danger. But her beliefs make her go to work and her beliefs make her leave Bruce.
Harvey Dent is DA and the public face for justice. He, no matter how much danger he’s in, stands for what he believes.

Batman–ya get it?

*Note: themes wouldn’t be themes if they didn’t apply to most of the characters. I.E. the commissioner, judge, etc.


This is the main goal of the story. The protag/main characters’ external goal.
Goals could be rescue the princess, become a vampire, kill a vampire.

The goal of The Dark Knight is for Batman to clear the way so he can be with Rachel Dawes.


This is what gets in the way of the goal.
A dragon and a tower to hide a princess. A boyfriend who’s thinking short term so he won’t let you become a vampire.

The conflict of The Dark Knight is rightfully a mixture of internal and external.

External: madman out to get rid of Batman, fed by mob money.

Internal: Bruce Wayne who goes after all crime thinking he’ll eventually clean the city. (When really it seems like he can’t handle quitting.)


This is how the goal is accomplished. So call it the ending too.
**spoilers ahead**

A talking donkey sidekick. A devastating pregnancy and violent birth.
In the Dark Knight, Bruce Wayne chooses to give up on having Rachel, to help Harvey Dent finish crime in Gotham.

These top five are only basics and TDK is so awesomely written, even in the most basic form, it makes my heart sing. (Am I annoying you yet? Omgawd, love Batman! >u<)

The next four revolve around the internal conflict and aid the Hero’s Journey thing.

These were the hardest to gather and worse to answer. Not to scare you.

But they’re also for next time!