Outlines are the best thing in the world!
Said no one in the world….kidding. They really are the best. They help you move the story forward.
Now there are two different ways I have see it done; the first, outlining the whole book, and the second one, outlining the chapters. Let me talk about outlining the novel first.
Outlining the Novel
I know it look a bit confusing to you, but this is how I work. Normally, I get an idea from something I watched or read or from other stories. Once I have the idea, I get to meet (or cast lol) the characters. Once I know the characters like the back of my hand, I work on the main plot and sub-plot at the same time. The chapter at the beginning, I thought about what I wanted to happen in each chapter and I would name them, but now I found a different way in doing them; which I will talk about next. Last the location, I sometime don’t have one until I think more about what I want to happen in the story, so that’s why it’s last.
The picture below is how I have been outlining my chapters. That isn’t my outline, it is J.K. Rowling.
It looks very confusing, but once you understand what is going on, you get it and it will make writing chapters so much easier. Now I am going to try to see if I would type my chart up, and if that doesn’t work…well I’ll think of something else to do.
The first column, I have are what I want on my chapters, like: Chapter #, Chapter Names, Plots, Dreams, Spells, Visions, Fights, Love/Connections, Death, Locations, and Notes (anything that I want to remember or small details)
The column next to that I started to fill out everything for chapter 1. Example:
Starts new school in new location, new friends, and an off feeling about the school.
Very strong man breaks into the school. Main character fights him.
no love or connection
So that’s how I outline my chapters. The first column, to me, it changes base on the story and what I want to have in it. I’ll show you, like this:
This is a cleaner one looks like lol. Please tell me what you think. If you like my blog, if you have check out my stories, if you have any questions, or anything at all. I’m here to help and learn from you as well.
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