Creating an Outline for Any Story


Creating an Outline for Any Story

I have a feeling that this post is going to be my favorite on my blog because it’s about creating an outline for your story!!! Which is the next best thing to actually writing the story, lol!

So you have taken the time to figure out who your characters are, their background, their inner thoughts and wants, and everything else that makes your character real. NOW you plot the entire story within one document.

1. Establish the Protagonist

This place is usually the first opening scenes where you first introduce your protagonist. You explain who they are, and paint a vivid picture of what their current life is.

2. Inciting Incident

Things get interesting in the story– it’s where the protagonist begins the journey that’ll take place throughout the entire story. In this area, you’ll explain what the “problem” is that the protagonist has to solve.

3. Conflict

The drama begins to stir, and the reader finds out what the protagonist wants. Give detail about what this character wants to do, receive, or have.

4. Outer Goal

The thing that the character wants– something “physical” that he or she can obtain. It can be making VP at their job, escaping from jail, or getting rid of the aliens that have attacked the world.

5. Inner Goal

What does the outer goal represent for this character? Will being VP at work help your character’s confidence? Or will it help her to receive admiration from her parents?

6. Establish the Antagonist

It’s cool to tell a bit about your antagonist, but what’s most important is explaining why this person or entity is against your protagonist.

7. First Attempt

Explain the first steps that your protagonist too to reach their goal and describe he/she failed while doing so.

8. Second Attempt

This is the same as the first attempt– just explain in great detail their second attempt to reach their goal and how they failed.

9. Third Attempt

Again, you explain their attempt to reach their goal once more. You have the freedom to choose if he/she fails or wins this attempt, but tell it in great detail.

10. Turning Point

The protagonist discovers his/her inner strengths. This is when the reader can point out where the protagonist changed compared to the person he/she was at the beginning of the story.

11. Climax

The highest area of emotional activity in the story– it’s the moment right before the protagonist resolves her long journey.

12. Resolution

The end of the story. This moment does not always have to be a happy ending, and it doesn’t have to be a resolution to the character’s problem either.

It’s important to add as much detail in every section when writing out the outline. Doing so makes the writing smooth because you have a clear understanding of every critical moment in the story.

After you’ve finished drafting the outline, you’re ready to start writing. Writing the entire story should be straightforward because you know what you’re writing towards, and all you have to do is fill in the details in between. The content in between gets you to each major point in the story that’s listed above.

Note: This is not the only way to plot a story. This route is just one of the many ways that you can plan any story. I learned this from different professors and it’s the way that helped me be most successful with writing multiple stories in a single year.

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6 Responses

  1. Lydia Marumo says:

    Ahhh! Finally a book-writing blog! I’m nailing my year’s goals for sure now. Thank you for this helpful post

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