How To Write A Novel Outline – Writing A Book Outline

How To Outline A Story Or Novel

For this post, I chose a video that explains how to outline a story. Some authors miss out on this important step and try to just write by the seat of their pants. It can work (John Grisham did it) but for most of us mere mortal writers, planning the structure of our novel with a clear outline is vital to it’s flow and success. How To Outline A Story – 3 Acts : 9 Blocks : 27 Chapters Hello – different kind of video today. This is a computer screen recording, so I didn’t have to brush my hair, and you guys don’t have to look at me. Win-win! I’m going to outline my NaNoWriMo novel later today and I wanted to do a quick run-through of my outlining process beforehand, so I don’t have to try to explain it whilst outlining. How To Outline A Story pdf I did a video like this last year that is called ‘9 blocks in the plot board’ or something along those lines and it goes over all this stuff. I wanted to do an updated, more coherent version so I made a slideshow presentation. Now I will talk you guys through the three-act, 9 block 27 chapter, outlining process that I’ve been using to outline all of my novels lately. I did not invent story structure and I make no claims that this is the best and/or only way to outline. This is one of many different methods and this method is still like a work in progress. If you want to use this 27 chapter structure, that would be awesome. I hope you let me know how it works for you and if you have any ideas for changes or refining certain points. Definitely let me know because, like I said, this is still a work in progress and I’m still trying to figure this thing out. So 3 act structure is the base of this. I like 3 act structure because it makes a lot of sense to me. You know, beginning, middle, end – straightforward. It’s also familiar because you know most things in life have a beginning, a middle and an end. In writing a three-act structure, the beginning, middle, and end translates into setup, conflict, resolution. The first act is setup, the second act is conflict, and the third act is resolution, but it also goes […]

How To Write A Good Screenplay

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Writing a movie script is one thing, but knowing how to write a good screenplay is a horse of a different colour. It isn’t enough to know all about the mechanics of formatting correctly, or even throwing in some sharp dialogue (or so you think!) Let’s agree that a good screenplay is one that sells and leads to a commercially successful movie. What makes a script good? What are the magic ingredients? How do these great screenwriters get their inspiration? There is no magic, except the kind generated by dedication and hard work. If you wait around, looking out of the window, expecting that flash of inspiration, you’ll be waiting a long time. It happens, but it’s rare. For the vast majority of writers, the seed of an idea pops up in the mind and grows over a period of weeks or months. Whatever he or she is doing, the the idea is being nurtured in the back of their mind. Before getting down to some serious script writing, each scene is planned carefully to create the naturally flowing story crafted to capture the hearts of the audience. How To Write A Good Movie Script – Two Perspectives From Professionals Video Transcript: My writing process has evolved over the years but I’m always very much concerned with outlining and giving a shape to it before I dive in. Whenever I’ve tried to just take a run at it I find myself writing myself into impossible corners and having to back up and rethink things. I tend to think very much about structure and organization and I do a lot of preliminary sketches and notes and put post-its on the wall to figure out where certain scenes are before I actually dive in. I don’t do outlines. I don’t plan where I’m going because I like to be surprised by what I’m writing. The greatest twist in the history of cinema I would suggest humbly is Darth Vader saying ‘I’m your father’. I love writing things when one character says something and you’re like ‘well that’s a joke’ and then you, you know, you go that way and I think outlines you know prevent that happening. Obviously most people do them and that’s great and if that works for you then brilliant but it’s me personally. I like to be surprised and in order to do that, that can only come […]

How To Write A Scene In A Novel

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The famous Snowflake Method of writing a novel focuses on expansion of seed ideas and continuously writing more and more sentences around events that occur in a novel. Moving up from the well-crafted sentence and paragraph level, we have scenes or chapters. Knowing how to write a scene in a novel is fundamental to the craft of fiction writing. Each scene represents a mini-story, intended to build the plot and create a coherent story. Scenes help to control the flow of a novel, sometimes fast and exciting, other times slower, which serves to balance the narrative. Of course, the word ‘scene’ immediately brings to mind film or theatre plays, and you won’t be surprised to learn that exactly the same principles apply to both styles of writing. Scenes are very flexible – they can can contain dialogue or not, be of various lengths and serve many purposes. How To Write A Scene In A Book – One Author’s Perspective Video Transcript: Scenes are the building blocks of stories. Every scene in a novel contributes to the story in some way, whether through characterization, atmosphere, or plot progression. In examining the anatomy of a scene, we’re going to start with the big-picture skeleton, then dive into the essential organs, and end with the skin—the outward appearance of the writing itself. Although scenes can take an infinite number of forms, the underlying skeleton largely remains the same: The character has a goal, but they encounter an obstacle, so they respond by formulating a new plan of action or experiencing a moment of change. This has been called the ABT formula—and, but, therefore. Trey Parker, co-creator of South Park, has explained this technique in detail: “Every story can be reduced to this single structure. I can tell you the story of a little girl living on a farm in Kansas AND her life is boring, BUT one day a tornado sweeps her away to the land of Oz, THEREFORE she must undertake a journey to find her way home.” That example describes the larger plot set-up, but this formula can be used on a micro scale as well, such as in the scene where Dorothy finally meets the Wizard. Dorothy’s goal at this point is to ask the Wizard to grant their wishes. BUT the Wizard says that, in order to grant their wishes, they must bring him the Witch […]

How To Write Fictional Stories With Reader Appeal

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Hi – I’m Anna Yeatts for Flash Fiction Online and thanks for tuning in for ’13 tips for Writing flash Fiction’ or ‘Insider Tricks to Writing Insanely Short Stories’. I want to focus on some fundamental tips for writing flash fiction ’cause it ain’t easy getting out of the slush pile and onto an editor’s desk. These tips will teach you how. For flash fiction online stories must be between 500 and a thousand words. Those are some tight restrictions and that’s not a lot of space for your story, but as Shakespeare said, ‘brevity is the soul of wit’. You can sum up flash fiction in that word brevity, though. The One tweet work out. Pretend you have one Tweet to convey the main idea. Take out all unnecessary words. Nothing shows you how to whittle down the sentence to the key elements better than Twitter. Pretend you only get one single solitary Tweet to get the idea across. Can you do it? You don’t need all those adjectives and adverbs. Just use stronger nouns and verbs to do all the heavy lifting. Youtube Channel How To Write a Good Fictional Story – Useful Guidelines For example don’t say ‘walk leisurely’ when you can say ‘sauntered’. Don’t say ‘small dog’ when you can say ‘Chihuahua’. Your specificity will build a better story with a smaller word count. Exception – for dialogue tags you’re better off just using ‘said’, as other verbs related to speech tend to be distracting. Trust us – ‘said’ is your friend. Pick a key emotion to color the story. Readers love it when they feel something. Caution – do not manipulate the reader with melodrama. Melodrama is a dramatic form that does not observe the laws of cause and effect, and then exaggerates some motion and emphasizes plot or action at the expense of characterization. You’ve gotta earn those fields and try ending in a different emotional place than where you start. Size matters. Big ideas go in big stories and small ideas go in small stories. It seems simple, right? Okay, at least until you try to do it, or until you try to figure out if you have a big idea or a small idea. The main difference is how you explore your concept well. With the big idea there’s a lot going on. A big idea equals a civil war breaks out […]

Tips On How To Write A Novel The Right Way

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Greetings. My name is Carol Denbow and I’m the author of six books, including ‘A Book Inside, How to Write, Publish, and Sell Your Story’. I’m also the editor of more than 10 websites online to help first-time and seasoned authors write and publish and market their books… I’m not a publisher and I’m not here to sell you anything. I’m just simply here to help you keep your writing goals. Okay, so whether you’re writing a book for your personal use, for family and friends, or a book for resale, I try to help you get started. Today, my suggestion is ‘write your book’. You’ve had it in your heart. You’ve had it in your mind for how long, and you haven’t sat down to read it yet. You clicked on this video because you want to know how to get started. I’m going to try to help you with that right now. Okay, so whether you want to write a fiction book, a nonfiction, a fantasy, or mystery, autobiography – anything you want to write, I’m telling you now sit down and write it. can’t be loaded: Tips on How to Write a Book ( Tips On Writing A Book For The First Time Video Transcript (Cont’d) When you’re ready to sit down and write, don’t ever worry about editing. Don’t worry about misspelling words. Don’t worry about any of that kind of stuff – just write your book and get it in your keypad. Just keep on writing right till it’s done. You’ve always wanted to do it and you’re never going to be satisfied till you have, or at least attempted it. Then you can say at least you tried to write a book, or maybe you’ll end up writing a book, and maybe you’ll be a best-seller. I doubt it but it’s good to try. I got all these books on the wall behind me. In fact there’s another one- look that way over to the side – so I kind of know as I speak, hopefully have learned something through all this. Anyway so let’s get started. All right. so you’re gonna write your book and don’t worry about editing. First of all notes. Find a quiet place to write, an extra bedroom office, or even garage. Anywhere away from any family or friends, kids whoever’s gonna interrupt you. Okay, second – set […]

I Want To Write A Book. Where Do I Start?

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Everyone has, at one time or another, thought about writing a book – it’s quite common. If you do want to write the book that’s waiting inside you, where do you start? This blog is about this exact process. It’s very tempting to just start at the beginning, get writing and ‘let it flow’, but this generally isn’t the best idea. Inspiration is for amateurs: professionals just get to work! Always remember that writing is a craft which can be learned in a structured way. If you wait for inspiration, or that ‘great idea’ before you start writing your novel, you could be waiting a very long time. I love listening to the advice of both seasoned and new writers. Such advice represents an abundance of tips gained from practical experience after many hours spent creating works of fiction – the new writer would do well to listen and act upon it. I Want To Write A Book (And Have It Published, Of Course!) Video Transcript: Hello everyone, my name is Michelle and this is going to be the first video in a series of videos that I’m going to dedicate to the process of writing a novel. This would include things like starting a novel, finishing a novel, character development, world building and all of those things. So in this video I’m going to be focusing on starting a book. So if that’s something you’re interested in, keep on watching. So this was requested by someone anonymously on Tumblr, and they wanted to know specifically how to get started writing a book. But they also wanted me to go into how to describe a change in atmosphere and I think I’m gonna talk about the change of atmosphere and how to do that in a separate video. And in this one I’m just gonna focus on how to start a book. So the very first thing that you want to think about is, if you’ve ever written a short story before, if you have, then you’re already on the right track and I would say you’re ready to start writing your first novel. But if you haven’t written a short story before, I think that’s something that you need to do first. Basically, the reason why I think short stories should be done first is because tackling a novel right off the bat for the first time without any […]

How To Create Characters For A Novel – How To Write A Character Analysis

Hi, I’m Rebecca Balcarcel. I can help you write a character analysis. First you need to choose which character your gonna analyze. I suggest you choose a character who changes. If you have to write about FINDING NEMO, the Walt Disney story, you might be tempted to choose Nemo, because, after all, the title has his name in it. He must be the main character. But really, the character who changes the most and who really goes on a journey is the father, Marlin. So he’s the character best suited for a character analysis. So number one: Choose a character who changes. Alright, now that you’ve chosen which character to analyze. You’re going to have to think of inferences. Let me give you an example of what I mean by that. Here’s some… Here’s an inference down here, but let me start with this: Fact: Marlin hovers. We know, if you’ve watched this film, that Marlin is the dad and he hovers over his son, and doesn’t want to let him be independent and try new things or take any risks. But the fact that he does this is something that the film already tells you, so that doesn’t require much thinking on your part. You haven’t actually drawn a conclusion from that yet. That just makes it just a plain old fact. What you need is to infer something. That means you need to draw a conclusion of your own. You have lots of facts about Marlin: what he does and what he says and what he thinks and how he reacts to situations. And those are the facts that will help you write the essay, but you need to draw some conclusions from those facts. You need to infer what’s really going on with Marlin. What’s driving him? What are his motivations? Explain his psychology. If he were to sit down and talk to Dr. Phill, or some therapist, what would we discover about Marlin’s history, about the way he approaches life, and how does that change over the course of the film? That’s what a character analysis explores. The facts are the evidence that you’re going to use, as you make a case for your interpretation of this character. But the facts are not the main thrust of the character analysis. Now let’s look at something else that you don’t want to include in your character analysis. […]

What Is The Theme Of A Novel? The Big Idea!

The theme of a story or book is the big idea that flows underneath and throughout the novel’s plot. If the ups and downs of the plot events represents the surface of the sea, then the theme is the undercurrent – unseen, but strong. It needn’t be in the form of a simplistic ‘moral of the tale’, but it can be, if the author so wishes, which brings us to the heart of the matter. The story’s theme is the message the writer wants to get across to his readers. The action, dialogue and plot are the devices he uses to communicate his big idea. Theme Definition The message isn’t necessary in the form of a lecture from on-high and is mostly best if not delivered in this way. Theme is a broad concept that is prevalent in all our human lives, engaging attention and presenting people with common difficulties or situations which demands they make choices. A novel’s theme may not be simply one thing, but a compound structure including a combination of purer ideas, such as love, money, friendship, power to name a few, and with an almost limitless number of possible permutations. Examples Of Book Themes – List Common Book Themes A good start might be to list some common and typical book themes. The list below is by no means exhaustive, as they say: Love War Brotherly Love Patriotism Spirituality Religion Poverty Wealth Individual vs Society Politics Honesty Integrity Survival Exploration Time As you can see, themes can be very diverse and it’s easy to see how two or more could be combined in one story. A good example if the power of love, both romantic and brotherly, in wartime. The part of the theme relating to military combat might focus on the futility and barbarity of war, or patriotism. it depends entirely on what the author wants to say to the reader. Again, we come back to the truism that it’s all in the hands of the creator of the novel – the author must decided exactly what it is he wants to say, which is sometimes snot as easy as it sounds. This also begs the question: Which comes first, theme or setting when planning to write a novel? Creative Writing Themes Let me explain: At first glance a story with a theme of romantic love could feasibly be written in any number of […]

How To Write A Good Novel – Outline & Structure

Knowing how to write a good novel brings into play a balanced combination of creativity and structure. The first is inspirational, while the latter hints at craftsmanship. All structures need to be build on solid foundations and the outline for a novel is no different – if they are wobbly, your readers will feel it and the story will suffer for it. New Writers, Like Fools, Rush In Like many aspiring authors, I wrote my first story by the seat of my pants, feeling sure that all would come together as the manuscript progressed. Although I did actually finish (and publish) the novel, it was painfully obvious to me and my readers that it wasn’t as good as it could be. The plot, prose, dialogue and characterizations were decent, but there were structural issues that reduced its impact. It just didn’t sparkle. As authors, we need to ask ourselves important questions before we put pen to paper, or fingertips to the keyboard. The first important question is about understanding what the reader wants from your novel. I’ll give you a clue – it has nothing to do with the technicalities of writing plot, subplots, setting, dialogue or any of the other important element that make up a great read. What Happens Next In The Story? If the reader is to finish the book then its vital that he always wants to know what happens next. It’s the core of every novel and a huge part of the writing process is to make sure that the reader does on thing – have a burning desire to know what happens to the main characters of the story and keep turning those pages! I can’t emphasize how important this point is. Without this need to know, your book will not be read at all and a year of your blood, sweat and commitment will have been wasted. Planning an outline and building a strong structure reduces this possibility drastically. In the video below a well-known author, John Grisham, describes his writing process: Video Transcript: “I normally start writing a novel on January the 1st of each year, that’s kind of my ritual, with the goal of finishing the book in six months, and being done in July. And that’s been the schedule for the past probably 10 or 15 years. When I’m writing, which is usually that time of the year, I get a […]