I’m taking a course and during one of the orations the basic outline was addressed. I won’t share specific details because I don’t want to be called a thief—but I will share the impact it had on me.
the best outline is shared as if you’re telling a story around a campfire.
Every outline I’ve ever done considered too many points:
- The goal of the antagonist
- The goal of the protagonist
- When to slip in clues, and red herring and what device to use for each
- When should the victim die and how
- A detailed relationship chart between characters, their motives, opportunities, and ability to kill the victim
I have to push my so called framework away from the forefront, and focus on what I love best…
telling my story.
The funny thing is we all know how to do that. So the next time you try to explain what you are writing about, record it. It could be the outline you’ve been looking for.
What method works best for you? I’d love to know.