10/4/10

When all else fails, outline.

As a pantser it is a painful to have to outline.  I'm doing revisions on my manuscript and I keep hitting brick walls.  So the Type A personality that I am, I created the perfect outline.  Well perfect for me that is.  I scoured the internet and found different suggestions and I melded them together in to what works for me.  Some of it seems basic and the other parts really helped me out. Take the parts you like and leave the rest to recycle.  Here goes:


I was actually able to label my own bullet points in Word and it automatically pops up the text/bullets just like I've created here.  I hope this helps you like it did me.  Okay peeps, I'm off to revise.

11 comments :

  1. Thanks for posting this outline. It strikes me as absolutely brilliant. I'm trying to do a lot of planning for my next project, so this will be especially helpful. Thanks. :)

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  2. That looks like a pretty easy way to outline! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  3. OOooo I like this way. I think it might actually make things less painful when I'm finished writing. Sometimes I have issues wrapping it all up. I really think this might help. Thank ya much!

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  4. I'm an outliner, but this is actually more detailed than what I normally come up with. But I LIKE! Thanks for posting it. :)

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  5. I love this version of outlining.
    I also love that Florence, La Roux and Lissie have all made it onto your playlist: no room for Marina?

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  6. I like this a lot. I outline on a spreadsheet, but it's not as detailed as this.

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  7. That's a great outline!! I need to be better about that. I KNOW it would save me a ton of time later *sigh*

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  8. I'm so glad everyone likes my outline, I hope you find it helpful. If we all share our little tips and tricks along the way we're sure to be successful.

    Dom - "absolutely brilliant" I just bumped you up to my favorite person ;)

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  9. This is great. Thanks for sharing it. Now to see if I can apply it. :)

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  10. I outline by scenes. But I like this one because you are thinking through chapters. Happy revising!
    Making Life a Work of Art!

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  11. Kathi and Catherine or can I just say Cat2? (Cat to the power of 2, not so funny when you have to spell it out. Ignore me, I'm feeling frisky tonight, no pun intended.) I figure I did all this work, why not share it. Save someone else the headache. Glad to help.

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