How I Outline! [3 Acts : 9 Blocks : 27 Chapters]

How I Outline! [3 Acts : 9 Blocks : 27 Chapters]

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A quick(ish) run through of the story structure I use to outline! Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions for improving it!

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Inactive Account (7 мес. назад)
For anyone who wants to copy and paste, here it is:
27 Chapters:

Act I
Set up- Introduce hero & ordinary world.
C1: Introduction (set up).
C2: Inciting incident (conflict).
C3: Immediate reaction (resolution).

Conflict- A problem disrupts hero’s life.
C4: Reaction (set up).
C5: Action (conflict).
C6: Consequence (resolution).

Resolution- Hero’s’ life has changed direction.
C7: Pressure (set up).
C8: Pinch (conflict).
C9: Push (resolution).

Act II
Set up – Hero explores new world.
C10: New world (set up).
C11: Fun & games (event/conflict).
C12: Old world contrast (resolution).

Conflict – Hero encounters crisis of new world.
C13: Build up (set up).
C14: Midpoint (conflict).
C15: Reversal (resolution).

Resolution – Hero dedicates to finding a solution.
C16: Reaction (set up).
C17: Action (conflict).
C18: Dedication (resolution).

Set up – Hero faces defeat, victory seems impossible.
C19: Trials (set up).
C20: Pinch (event/conflict).
C21: Darkest moment (resolution).

Conflict – Hero must find power and take action.
C22: Power within (set up).
C23: Action (conflict).
C24: Converge (resolution).

Resolution – Hero fights and wins, resolving quest.
C25: Battle (set up).
C26: Climax (conflict).
C27: Resolution (resolution). 
Ickytrip (3 мес. назад)
Great stuff! What other materials about this structure do you recommend?
Laura Taylor (12 дн. назад)
I've been writing a 'book/story' for a month or so now not really knowing
what i am doing. I think i am going to give this structure a try to help me
piece together different ideas in a linear fashion as i'm finding my mind
is jumping all over the place :) Thanks so much!!

P.S I think i am literally in love with you! I find your videos so
energetic and fun! x
DoctorInstrument (2 мес. назад)
Dividing the story into bite-sized chunks really made it easier. This was a
huge help.
M.G. Summers (2 мес. назад)
What if you have multiple characters telling the story, would you follow
the chapters individually with EACH chapter, or would the actual story be
what follows the skeleton?
Shieldgenerator7 (3 мес. назад)
oh man I love the fractal nature of your set up! It's mathematically
Lilli O. (8 мес. назад)
I know this is old but could you please in a video take a well known book
and use it as an example for this outlining technique. Like take The Hunger
Games for example and say: the place where this and this happened is the
start of the second act? 
Cliff Middleton (12 дн. назад)
So fantastic - will really help. Thank you.
Steven Ellison (3 мес. назад)
Excellent video, Kat. Thanks for your insights.
Katharine Francis (1 месяц назад)
I'm a horror writer and am trying to figure out how to make this set up
work for that theme.
David Vaughan (5 мес. назад)
Just what I was looking for ... disregard my email query, this works.
Thanks much. 
Nightspellweaver (2 мес. назад)
I absolutely love this outline! I was listening to it and could imagine how
this would apply to the trilogy I'm writing. Not only can I do the 3 acts
per book, but I can do the 3 acts across the entire trilogy. You bring up
some great advice and offer wonderful solutions to authors who might be
struggling with their outlines. Fantastic! Thank you.
Mark Willis (1 месяц назад)
Sounds good. I'll try it.
I Monique (2 мес. назад)
Anyone ever told you that you sound just like Sean Young?
Now I'm in the mood for Bladerunner!
Marie (9 мес. назад)
This was really helpful. I have been sitting on a story idea since high
school (that was a while ago for me) and I never really had any idea how to
get it started. This and your other writing tips video really helped me
with getting started. So, thank you. :D
Abbas Alghanemy (6 мес. назад)
You have no idea how much this helped me. I was constantly being told to
outline ny story but I didn't know how until I was looking through your
playlist and stumbled upon this video. Thank you so much I can now write
without any writers block!
Steeevil (3 мес. назад)
Thanks. My "ending" just came to me, and it's a very personal subject. I
started writing an outline but as it was racing out of me I felt TOO
connected, too emotional already. So I sought out some help. The
"skeletal" outline you provide helped me quite a bit. I'll get back to you
as I flesh it out.
Maceyloubrown (4 мес. назад)
Thank you so much! :) Love this outlining structure.
Kayla Bitson (5 мес. назад)
I mixed this in with the Snowflake Method and it worked really awesome (for
me at least)! At first I thought it this was going to be complicated but
you explained the entire 27 ch. break down really well!
Brittany Tenpenny (4 мес. назад)
Hey Kat! I love the video. I just started writing a novel and I used this
structure to outline it. It's really helpful. I actually mentioned you and
this structure in a blog post I just wrote. You should check it out.

Anyway,awesome video. Keep 'em coming.