(2.13 outline; 12.13 production draft; 14.11 pink draft)
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story outlining methods, pt. 1:
take off your pants!! (“take off your pants!: outline your books for faster, better writing” by libbie hawker)
this outline starts with a character — specifically their biggest flaw — and leads to five points that will make up the core of your story. it’s best for plots and subplots that focus on overcoming the flaw!
this outline doesn’t just have to be used for coming of age novels. it is just as important in your dystopian, fantasy, or thriller novels that the main character learns something or has changed by the end.
STEP ONE: think about your character
your main character — what is their name, and what are their important features?
what are your character’s flaws? what about their FATAL flaw? ex: hubris, overconfidence, stubbornness, etc.
STEP TWO: think about the end of the story
the story (whether the main plot, a subplot, or a facet of the main plot) is the journey lead to overcome the flaw. now that you know the character’s flaw, you know what lesson they need to learn.
the end of the story = the flaw mastered, the lesson learned.
STEP THREE: think about the external goal
the external goal is the plot, the outer motivation to push the character to the end of the story where the goal is mastered. if you remember my post on quests, you know that a quest has two reasons to be there: the external factor (shrek saving fiona for his swamp), and the real reason (the lesson learned)
the external goal should provide a chance for the character to recognize their flaw and begin to change. how does your plot tie into their character development?
STEP FOUR: think about the antagonist
thinking about the external goal should reveal who the antagonist is. the antagonist should want to achieve the same goal or a goal that impedes with the protagonist’s goal. the antagonist should be the biggest obstacle to the character.
STEP FIVE: think about the ally/allies
the character(s) that is capable of forcing the protagonist down the correct path. where your protagonist most likely will resist changing and confronting their flaw, the ally will help force them to do so anyway.
STEP SIX: think about the theme
so what’s the point of your book? if you are struggling to boil it down to one sentence, you might want to think about it a little longer. this is what keeps the story feeling coherent. what are you trying to tell us?
STEP SEVEN: think about the plot
each main plot element should somehow relate to the core of the book, aka the character’s development in overcoming their flaw
OPENING SCENE - set the stage. address the flaw or the theme
INCITING EVENT - what forces the character out of their everyday life and into the story?
REALIZING EXTERNAL GOAL - what makes the character begin seeking their goal?
DISPLAY OF FLAW - if the character’s flaw hasn’t been made blatantly clear, now is the time. make it known to the reader.
DRIVE FOR GOAL - what is your character’s first attempt to reach their goal?
ANTAGONIST REVEAL - how do you first show your antagonist’s opposition to your character?
FIRST THWART - what happens to your character that keeps them from reaching their goal?
REVISIT FLAW - show the character’s flaw again, even if they themselves aren’t aware of it yet.
ANTAGONIST ATTACKS - what does the antagonist do that makes things worse?
SECOND THWART - where your character fails most likely due to the attack
CHANGED GOAL - the character finds a new goal or focuses on the external goal in a different way
ALLY ATTACKS - what does the ally do to force the character to see the flaw?
AWAKENING - the character knows what they must do to reach the external goal. how will you show that the character has also awakened to their flaw? how will you show them changing?
BATTLE - the final showdown with the antagonist!
DEATH - the character’s flaw dies here. how will you show that the character truly is different now?
OUTCOME - show whether the character won or lost the external goal, reveal the theme of the story.
naturally, you don’t have to follow that outline exactly, but it can be a good place to start ;)
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One more kissing scene -)))
And I’m going to draw some New Year's AU stories soon
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Brand Identity for Omsom by Outline
A fiery, feisty food brand with a lot to say and even more to serve. Asian starters launched by two sisters in partnership with acclaimed chefs.
Outline’s work for Omsom was inspired by the change produced when forces collide, spark and create something new. Whether it’s an idea or your dinner – the whole becomes more (and different) than the sum of its parts. This cultural point of view, and the heat the founders put behind it, served as the concept for their bright brand identity.
The showpiece of the Omsom launch – the Sampler – featured Larb, Lemongrass BBQ and Sisig starters. The Sampler’s large format allowed us to keep telling the story of the visual brand’s fiery potential by letting the wordmark take over the space, replicating and distorting as it did so. The packaging is an oversized matchbox-style drawer with melting motifs framing the starters inside
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A myserious plague infects the cats of Pineclan, forcing their already aggressive leader to act against the other two clans. As Thistleclan and Roseclan manage against Cavernstar’s dangerous pride, gored cat corpses along the river show up, and disappearing clanmates bring more worry– the ones stringing together this riddle must work swiftly before everything they know burns.
Read the finished story outline here!
As I have no time to dedicate to a full length story after more than a year of this story existing on a detailed outline, I have decided it would be best to present it as is. The outline is about 10 pages long and goes over the entire story from start to end.
You will find links to the two chapters i did write, but aside I hope you can enjoy my story in the form its in! I had lots of fun coming up with the ideas, it was good practice for me to write a conclusive story and i plan to continue to draw characters, maybe make videos, etc perhaps comic snippets. feel free to send asks to this blog about any questions about character/story.
Story of course, written by me (@morrysillusion). Based on Warrior cats by Erin Hunter. Cover artwork by @harriertail.
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i really believed 🥀
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The Percentage Plot Structure (or the Movie Plot Structure)
The Percentage Plot Structure (or the Movie Plot Structure)
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Hi all, I hope you’re well! Today I’m going to talk about the ‘Percentage Plot Structure’ also known as the ‘Movie Plot Structure’. It is a nice, easy way of outlining and structuring your plot in three acts, making sure all the important plot points are in the right places.
The Percentage Plot Structure
As I said above, this plot structure uses three acts. Each act takes up a percentage of your…
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Hello again! I have read through your masterlist of outlining and story, but I wondered if you had any Physical examples of a story outline you recommend to look at as I am a visual learner, and while your examples are a great help, I just cant get anything written without picturing it if that makes sense?
My Outline Sheet…
I actually use a spreadsheet to outline my stories. I’m not necessarily a visual person, but I find that most people I’ve helped who have identified as visual writers simply lack an efficient and easy method or organizing ideas in short form. I mainly use a spreadsheet to organize my thoughts, intentions, and the timeline/length of chapters or sections.
Column 1 - Chapter or section number
Column 2 - Time (Date or general indicator of the point in the narrative)
Column 3 - Title of the chapter or section
Column 4 - Character #1 summary for the chapter/section. Describes how character is feeling or what they’re doing primarily within the narrative at this point in the story.
Column 5 - Character #2 summary for the chapter/section. Describes how character is feeling or what they’re doing primarily within the narrative at this point in the story.
Columns 6-9 - Scene descriptions (generally 3-4 scenes in a single chapter or section)
Column 10 - Beta reader notes to implement
Column 11- personal notes for implementation
The rows descend in order of chapter or section
Includes a key for color coding based on where each scene is in the writing process (drafting, editing, needs revision or rewrite, complete)
This sheet has been my go-to for a very long time, and I use it from the beginning of the brainstorming stage to the end of the final revision and beta reading stages. It’s easily modified for specific formats or genres, and it’s pretty comprehensive no matter who you may collaborate with.
I’ve created a public google sheet document that you’re welcome to look at and copy if you feel so inclined.
Google Sheet Document
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Need to quickly outline a novel before sitting down to write? Well look no further than my 4-step guide; the easiest, hardest outline method you’ll ever try! 🤓📐
1. Summarize. Write a summary of what you think your novel is going to be about, be brief and snappy, kind of like the description on the back of a hardback book.
Now that you have an idea what the story is about…
2. Pick the start & end points! Where does the story begin? Where does it end? This is NOT about *knowing* the end, but rather having an idea of where the story will wrap up. Otherwise how will you know you’ve gotten there?
3. Populate the timeline! Are there any scenes / moments that you think might happen in the story? Write them down! Where do they fit in the timeline?
In doing this step you are 100% guaranteed to come up with even more scenes. Give them a place in the timeline!
4. And that’s it!
There’s this silly misconception that you need to know EVERYTHING about your novel before starting—but you don’t! I mean, it’s not like you’re going to write this whole book in a day? So why do you need all the answers RIGHT NOW? Seriously. Think about it. 🤔
Hope this helps~ ✌️🌻
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Free To Use Character Sheet
City of Birth
Current place of living
First time mentioned
What is their role
How are they introduced
Other important persons:
Relationships with other characters
Life goals(next 5 years)
Life goals (next 25 years)
Assumed external perception
Rational or emotional
How could you upset this character
Introvert or extrovert
How do they cope with:
Meaning of life
What would they change about themselves
What motivates them
What scares them
What makes them happy
Are they often bias
Give or take
Nice or rude
Peaceful or violent
Weapon of choice
Style of fighting
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Soft Bakushima fanart (My Hero Academia/Boku no hero academia) for dear @hiriden_
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“Electrically heated copper mannikin...whose heat production may be regulated to correspond to either resting or exercising heat production.” A survey report on human factors in undersea warfare. 1949.
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20 hours of work. If you can leave a like to help I'd appreciate it :D
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Does This Chapter-By-Chapter Plot Outline Work for You?
Hero and Ordinary World
1 - Really Bad Day
2 - Something Peculiar
3 - Grasping at Straws
A - INCITING INCIDENT
4 - Call to Adventure
5 - Head in Sand
6 - Pull Out Rug
B - FIRST PLOT POINT
Exploring New World
7 - Enemies & Allies
8 - Games and Trials
9 - Earning Respect
10 - Forces of Evil
11 - Problem Revealed
12 - Truth and Ultimatum
Act II (cont.)
Bad Guys Close In
13 - Mirror Stage
14 - Plan of Attack
15 - Crucial Role
16 - Direct Conflict
17 - Surprise Failure
18 - Shocking Revelation
SECOND PLOT POINT
Defeat and Victory
19 - Giving Up
20 - Pep Talk
21 - Seizing the Sword
22 - Ultimate Defeat
23 - Unexpected Victory
24 - Bittersweet Return
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i like to call these my skeleton drawings
the bones of my drawing before i do my ✨magic✨
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