Today I’m Talking about How I Outline my Novels! And today, if you stay to the end, I’m hosting an awesome giveaway!
How I Outline My Novels
- Meet your Characters
- Discover Plots
- Break Down
Let’s Break Those Down
This May very well be my favorite step in this whole Process. I Love brainstorming. It’s where I come up with my very best ideas. Not all of these ideas are ever used, but it’s a really great way to get all of those ideas from my head onto paper. If you haven’t yet tried this, you really should. After brainstorming all of my ideas for my current WIP, I use five different colored highlighters to sort them:
Blue: A Complete Idea that doesn’t Need Further Brainstormning
Green: An incomplete idea that needs further brainstorming
Yellow: Good Idea that can be influenced through further brainstorming
Orange: Good Ideas that Don’t influence the plot
Pink: Ideas that can be used in a different project.
Then I simply continue to brainstorm, even throughout the rest of the outlining process.
It’s hard to write a story when you have no idea what it’s even about. So it’s time, based on your ideas written during your brainstorming process, summarize what your story is going to be about in one to two sentences. Example: Knight must go on epic mission throughout all of the land to rescue his beloved princess. Once that’s done, you will now understand what you are writing about.
Meet Your Characters
These can be major or minor. Discovering your characters is almost the most important part of this process. I will go further into this subject in a future blog post. But until then, I highly suggest finding pictures of what they look like.
Almost Every novel has more than one plot. We know the smaller plots as subplots. Smaller plots that help contribute to the bigger, main plot. I split the plots into up to 5 different categories (plots) and I name them. You can choose less plots, but I want a longer book, so I have lots of small plots, from romances, to school studies. Give them short, memorable names such as School, auditions, or Assassination.
Now it’s time for the Best Part: Outlining the Novel. My Outline of a chapter might look something like this:
Chapter One: The Chase
Princess: Ari get’s kidnapped from the castle and Logan tries to rescue her, but she is shipped off in a boat
Homeless: Logan searches the shipyard and meets Tom the Homeless man
Treasure Hunt: Logan finds the first half of the map in a garbage can
Do this for all of your chapters, continuing to brainstorm throughout the rest of the outlining.
I hope this helps you outline your book. Now I understand that not everyone is an outliner, and I respect that. But I wanted to share with you what I’ve learned throughout my whole writing career. And now, the moment you have all been waiting for…The Giveaway!!!!
I am going to be giving away ONE PDF copy of BOTH my books. There will be ONE winner and it will be announced on February 20. The book will be sent out the following week. All you have to do is comment below what you want to see in my blog in the future.
UPDATE: Conrgats to the winner VICTORIA GRACE HOWELL!
Thank You so Much! If you have any questions, share them in the Comments.
In HIS Joy,
Gabriella J. Slade
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