Outlines are the skeleton of your novel, and include important information about your story’s character development, scenes, plus more.
Outlines help flesh out your most promising story ideas, avoid dead-end plot twists, and pursue proper structure.
Writers either love outlines, or hate them.
A well-designed outline can be one of the most powerful weapons in your writing arsenal. It helps brainstorm better ideas, write intriguing plot structures, and create flawless first drafts.
Learning how to outline your novel is a crucial step in the writing process, one that fuels creativity, prepares the writer to stay on track, and avoid common pitfalls.
There are dozens of outlining methods to choose from, not all work for every writer.
Do it your way.
Find your groove with a one-page written document or a comprehensive mind map.
Follow these 6 easy steps:
1. Craft your idea
- create the protagonist
- develop the situation
- determine the protagonist’s objective
- design your opponent
- introduce the conflict/ misfortune
2. Sketch scene ideas
- list everything you know about your story
- identify possible plot-holes
- make a list of altercations your readers won’t expect
3. Interview your characters
- note crucial details about them
- invest your character into the story
- unearth nitty-gritty details of your character’s life
- understand the dynamics of how character and conflict intersect
4. Establish your settings
- develop a firm idea of where your scenes will be taking place
- settings must be inherent to your plot
5. Create a complete outline
- this is where plotting begins in earnest
- concentrate on molding your ideas into a solid structure
- create a well-structured plot with no gaps
6. Condense your outline
- condense the most pertinent point
Understand the tools and skills necessary to plan a writing project.
Create a piece of work that others will be excited to read.