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 (1 месяц 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). 
Lilli O. (2 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? 
Sarah TheUnicorn (1 день назад)
I've watched this video so many times. lol
Gabe Oitoucher (22 дн. назад)
the book "Punching Babies (a how-to guide)" by Adron J. Smitley is a good
resource along with this video =-)
V.A. Manning (3 мес. 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 :)
Abbas Alghanemy (9 дн. 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!
Nikki Cole (7 дн. назад)
this is great! thanks i will definitely try this. i'm a happy ending kinda
girl too lol
Maria Angelica Coelho Dadalt (23 дн. назад)
this is the most detailed outline out there!! it's perfect for novice
writers like me. thank you so much, kat, for posting this. i couldn't even
start my book before this.
Marie (3 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
Evelynne Weakley (27 дн. назад)
Thank you Kat - this will be my very first NaNo - and new to Scrivener so
this is really really helpful
Alma Palmer (26 дн. назад)
Great vid!
Krystal Garay (29 дн. назад)
I'm planning for NaNoWriMo 2014 last minute and I remembered this, so I am
using this to outline that novel :) thanks for your help!
IsisEmmy (28 дн. назад)
Thank-you so much for this video it has been so helpful. I was working on a
story but i found it had no real structure so i am defiantly going to try
and use this! Thanks so much!
Paulapoetry (1 месяц 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 (1 месяц назад)
Thank you for sharing this! Using this structure for NaNoWriMo this year.
Very helpful!!
TerryRayJr. (9 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 (1 месяц 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 (1 месяц 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 (1 месяц 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 (1 месяц 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!