Your Novel Outline Can Make You Invincible
Novel outlines are as different as novel writers and there are many good sources to use. The difference for you is creating the outline and writing your story to The End.
Working through your outline will
- make sure your idea works – from start to finish
- guide you when you are stuck
- keep to your storyline without wandering or putting in “extra” scenes that don’t move the story forward
The more detailed your outline, for example, each scene within the chapter, the easier you will find the writing.
Your novel outline is flexible. You can add or delete scenes or move them around in the storyline. Scenes can change as you write them. The outline makes sure that every component keeps your story on track to the end.
Novel Outline Choices
The Old Standby
Since 1974 when Post-it notes were invented, some writers use these sticky notes rather than index cards. The ease of use is the same.
Many novelists rely on Scrivener as their go-to software for writing. Within the software is a bulletin board where you can “pin” cards just like the index cards on a bulletin board. As you create your outline you can move scenes and chapters the same way you can with a real life bulletin board.
If free flow appeals to you, mind maps are a great way to construct your story overview. There are many options, just search for mind maps and take your pick.
If your story is based on sequenced events in one day or takes place over a long period of time a timeline will help you make sure your events are in correct sequence. Aeon Timeline not only makes it easy to visualize the entire sequence but integrates with Scrivener.
In The Cloud
Do The Work, Then Write
Work through your story. Use whatever structure and beat sequence you want. Fill in all the components of your novel. You’ll find that writing will go faster when you know exactly how a scene fits into a story.
The novel outline is a power tool for getting to the end of your novel.
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