More often, we start our novels from a small spark and keep it growing. Sometimes, it gets clumsy and the end product would be something totally different from what we expected. It is not wrong, but maybe, if you try properly outlining the novel, it would be of great help to not just finish the novel but finish on time because you know what you’re writing. I did this clumsy mistake of starting at a point and not knowing the travel of the story with my first novel, but with my second WIP, I have improved a lot on this.
So, let’s outline – the silver line of the cloud! Let’s do it.
One best way to outline is using the snowflake method. I have covered it in methods of writing! Check out!
Or use the Freytag’s Pyramid – jot down the one-liners that would cover under each part of it.
Even if you’re a panster – if you work on outlining, it would help you overcome the writer’s block. Trust me! It works. Anyhow, the outlines are just as flexible as ever, to alter according to the flow.
Things to ponder and write down first:
Write down the important characters
Pen the important scenes that you want to cover – there are times that we have a scene in mind than the actual story plots. So put them down.
Chapters – divide them into chapters, and divide the meat accordingly. Figure out ‘what’ you’ll cover ‘where’ this will avoid any spill at all
Also, tunnel them. Divide your sheets and pen down the different tunnels or paths you have in mind and let the story choose the road to travel to complete the maze
Doing this will help you find loopholes, blunder mistakes, research requirements, and there are thin chances to discover a new plot or a sequel plot.
A person who outlines their novel will be curious and interested, this would make them write faster and publish sooner than usual or planned. You can use mind mapping or sticky note mapping.
Software like Scrivener helps a lot in outlining, you can also do the same in an excel sheet or a word document at ease.
I have outlined my next novel and it is coming up really well! And am so thrilled about it as it falls under dual timeline and is a different take and leaps beyond my capacity.
Quickly open an excel sheet and start outlining! See ya!
So, you want to become a writer? You don’t know how to plot them? – Here is Freytag’s pyramid. The ultimate pyramid that you would help you to plot better in order to write better. You can Wikipedia “Gustav Freytag” to know more about him.
Exposition: The start of the story where you just introduce the main characters, what they do, where the world setting is, etc. basically introducing the reader into the story line.
Inciting Incident: The first conflict that acts as a hook to take off the story from the initial introduction towards a promising change
Rising action: The game changer, building the excitement of the story totally that surprises the reader with interesting scenes, conflicts, changes, etc..
Climax: The intense part of the story. The top notch that needs more information to decipher.
Falling action: Events post climax, where things make better sense with the tensions created getting resolved one by one
Resolution: The main conflict of the story gets resolved
Dénouement: The last part of the story where all the remaining questions, the mysteries, are solved by the character or just narrated by the author as an epilogue.
To know how this can be used. Pick any book, and read it once – note down the exposition, rising action, falling action, climax, and Denouement. Repeat this with books that fall under the genre that you’re writing. Read the book for the second time to get the tactics of how the rising action was built, how the hints and various major details were peppered as minor details that makes much sense at a later part of the story.
Repeat this when writing a novel to ensure that your novel has no loopholes or pitfalls! Tighten your manuscript with good rising action and falling actions.