Novella Outlining Help?

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    Cindy Green

    *takes a deep breath* Story time, people. *flops facedown on the nearest surface* Guys, I need help. It’s the first day of NaNo, and I accidentally had to work 8 hours today. (Literally, I was asked to stay 3+ hours longer while I was counting down the last half-hour.) In the last week I’ve had to completely switch project ideas for NaNo. The project I had planned for months before was a novel, and now I’m going to write a novella. The thing is, I have no idea how to outline. Any and all advice is appreciated 🙂

    eyes up and focused. you're still growing, little flower


    Chelsea R.H.


    Have you ever tried the Snowflake method? That’s what I and a friend used for NaNo outlining this year.

    Māhalo kēia huiʻana



    @cindy I’d recommend starting with your main character. What do they want? What do they have to learn? How can you take away what they take for granted?

    How about the antagonist? What do they want, and why can’t they and the main character both have what they want?

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    Quinn O’Fallon

    @cindy Hi! I recently finished a novella and am working on another, so I figured I’d drop in to help. 🙂 What I do is I start with some brainstorming about my characters, setting, plot, etc. Once I have an idea of the shape of my story, I start figuring out my major plot points (characteristic moment, inciting event, push point, etc.). After that, I throw together an outline of 50 minor points–each point is usually an action, for example: “(main character) escapes to hideout in the woods” or something. I try to make sure each point will end up about 500 words long, for a total length of around 25,000 words. It usually doesn’t take very long to make this outline, so I get to writing as soon as possible.

    Hope this helps some! Happy outlining!

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