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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Комментарии (193)

Lilli O. (1 месяц 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? 
Allorian Dragon Spirit (9 ч. 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).


Act III
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). 
V.A. Manning (1 месяц назад)
Hey, I watched this video a bit ago and am really interested in this method
of outlining... Do you have a PDF or DOC file of this outline laid out?
Just wondering :)
Marie (2 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
Paulapoetry (5 дн. назад)
So do your novels end up being literally 27 chapters long? I would guess
that this alters as you actually begin to write. Thank you for sharing. 
Jill Vincent (5 дн. назад)
Thank you for sharing this! Using this structure for NaNoWriMo this year.
Very helpful!!
TerryRayJr. (8 мес. назад)
hey there i'm a new at writing novel and i want to based it around Fiction
but i'm having trouble writing it out and coming up with a good plot any
advice? 
Laura Bergstrom (8 дн. назад)
This is awesome. Does anyone know where there's a good explanation of each
of the blocks? I'd like more details, too.
Bwoodsfinest (9 дн. назад)
Thank you so much for this. I'm preparing for nano and I have a whole bunch
of ideas for my current WIP and I've been having problems sequencing them.
I typed up this outline and printed it to work on off the computer. It
helped me see everything so much clearly and I've been able to get my
thoughts out more easily. Thank you!!!
Bob Berry (12 дн. назад)
This was the best, most lucid description of how to basically structure a
work of Fiction I have ever heard. I was enthralled and totally excited
(and it was a great lead in to the followup video using Scrivener)
Grayson Wilson-Cacciapalle (21 дн. назад)
This helped me a lot! I'm a composer/recording musician, and I am working
on a concept album- I plan on writing a fairly detailed story first, and
then I plan on translating it into music. After watching this I have a
good idea of how I want to organize it and what directions I want to take
it in. I'll follow this structure pretty closely, with each act
represented by a whole cd's worth of music- so it will be a triple album.
Right now, music is just a hobby, but within the next 5 years I hope to
make the leap into the professional!
Paula65writer (24 дн. назад)
I'll try it out and let you know. 
Wendy Tocino (26 дн. назад)
I know that proper way of outlining a novel is a crucial step in writing a
novel. that's why i like this video.
Emily Larkin (25 дн. назад)
This video helped so much thank you! 💖
DJ Smoothfourteen (1 месяц назад)
Enjoyed the lesson. Feel comfortable using this format :)
Shasta McBride (1 месяц назад)
nice. 
Guillermo Andrade (4 мес. назад)
This is perfect!
Dominique Taylor (2 мес. назад)
I thought she was cute
Ej Lowell (2 мес. назад)
I actually took notes on this video. Very helpful! :D having such a
succinct outline helps someone like me who has trouble focusing on one
thing at a time. Instead of forcing myself to do one thing at a time, I can
go to whichever part of whichever act I need to work on! :D So many more
ideas to be spawned this way. Thank you so much for making this video!
The masked Booklover (2 мес. назад)
Your vary helpful I was trying to find a way to outline my story and I
think I'm going to try this