I am definitely one to plan out an entire story before I begin writing. I want to know where the story has to go next and how it will end. There are a lot of ways to plan and outline novel, novella, or short story.
Before I figured out my own outlining method, I had trouble finding an outlining sheet that would work for me. Most of them are simple, having mainly a Beginning, Climax, and Conclusion. But I needed something with more room; I like to write out all my plot points in a chapter.
J.K. Rowling’s Plot Planning Sheet
I don’t do anything near that complex.
Here’s what I do.
I will do my outline chapter by chapter, and it looks something like this:
- Introduce Scene
- Something Happens
- Character’s resulting emotions
- What character does in response
Of course, that is just works for me; it may not work for you. I will put my outline into a separate word document and keep it open as I work on my rough draft, that way I can refer to it and make sure I’m on track, as well as figuring out the best way to flow into the next scene.
I suggest figuring out your own outline style; there is no need to use a outline worksheet like this:
However, if these work for you, by all means use them!
But if you want to find your own style, decide what you need to put into a scene, and write it down.
Have fun planning your stories!
What do you do for an outline?