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 (8 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 (4 мес. назад)
Great stuff! What other materials about this structure do you recommend?
Lilli O. (10 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? 
So Typical Kayla (22 дн. назад)
u should make a video talking about what's in the 27 chapters. :)
Laura Taylor (1 месяц 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
M.G. Summers (3 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?
DoctorInstrument (3 мес. назад)
Dividing the story into bite-sized chunks really made it easier. This was a
huge help.
Kurt Kopf (3 дн. назад)
This s great. I'm a mega-novice. Do you have this formula in a fill-in the
blanks, worksheet format?
Cliff Middleton (1 месяц назад)
So fantastic - will really help. Thank you.
Shieldgenerator7 (4 мес. назад)
oh man I love the fractal nature of your set up! It's mathematically
Wendy7x (27 дн. назад)
this is a great idea Katy! Sectioning the chapters out equally, this would
mean i'm almost in the 'conflict' area :)
Steven Ellison (5 мес. назад)
Excellent video, Kat. Thanks for your insights.
Katharine Francis (2 мес. назад)
I'm a horror writer and am trying to figure out how to make this set up
work for that theme.
Sirat jangra (20 дн. назад)
really helpfull .....thanks :)
Christopher Floyd (19 дн. назад)
thanks for the great tutorial! Sharing this for my friends too! 
David Vaughan (6 мес. назад)
Just what I was looking for ... disregard my email query, this works.
Thanks much. 
Nightspellweaver (3 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 (2 мес. назад)
Sounds good. I'll try it.
Marie (10 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 (7 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!