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 (5 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 (1 месяц назад)
Great stuff! What other materials about this structure do you recommend?
Shieldgenerator7 (1 месяц назад)
oh man I love the fractal nature of your set up! It's mathematically
Lilli O. (6 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? 
M.G. Summers (7 дн. 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?
David Vaughan (3 мес. назад)
Just what I was looking for ... disregard my email query, this works.
Thanks much. 
Marie (7 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
Nightspellweaver (6 дн. 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.
Paula65writer (5 мес. назад)
I'll try it out and let you know. 
Steeevil (1 месяц 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.
I Monique (13 дн. назад)
Anyone ever told you that you sound just like Sean Young?
Now I'm in the mood for Bladerunner!
Maceyloubrown (2 мес. назад)
Thank you so much! :) Love this outlining structure.
Abbas Alghanemy (4 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!
Bob Berry (5 мес. 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)
Brittany Tenpenny (2 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. 
Ej Lowell (7 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!
Kayla Bitson (3 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!
Jill Vincent (5 мес. назад)
Thank you for sharing this! Using this structure for NaNoWriMo this year.
Very helpful!!
Grayson Wilson-Cacciapalle (5 мес. 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!