November 19, 2018 at 1:16 pm #60374
I wanted to ask if any of you have any special outlining tips/resources to share? And do you know of any good (open source or your own creation) Word Doc templates to use for outlining?
"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." ~Th.JeffersonNovember 19, 2018 at 4:08 pm #60394Eden Anderson@eden-anderson
Have you checked out Story Embers Three Act Plot Sheet? I haven’t used it a ton, but so far it’s been really helpful in sorting out my thoughts and making sure my plot is in order. I plan on using it more. Check it out in the Resources page.
Are you familiar with Freytag’s Pyramid?
This is a very traditional plot outline and is often recommended for beginning writers, to familiarize them with plotting. There’s pros and cons to using this sort of outline. But I’ve found it helpful and would recommend it to anyone, especially beginners. It’s the one I use the most…because I’m still such a beginner and am too scared and inexperienced to try other plot structures and outlines. 😛
Hope that’s helpful!
"But how could you live and have no story to tell?" - Fyodor DostoyevskyNovember 19, 2018 at 6:39 pm #60438Buddy J.@wordsmith
(I’m just following this discussion)
Published author, student in writing, works with HazelGracePress.comNovember 19, 2018 at 9:18 pm #60468Chalice@chalice
@pursuewisdom, I would suggest going through the book, The Anatomy of Story, by John Truby. It has really helped me with my outline, deepening my characters, and figuring out my theme. I still need to finish going through it myself, though. 😛
“Creativity takes courage” -Henri MatisseNovember 20, 2018 at 12:54 pm #60529Michelle@mlbolangerauthorNovember 21, 2018 at 5:08 pm #60869
(Your profile photo is SO cute!!!)
Yes, I’ve think I’ve seen this pyramid before in AP Lit class. 🙂 I’m familiar with the basic story structure and am looking for more specific outlining templates/techniques…
Thanks for being my first respond-er to this topic!
"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." ~Th.JeffersonNovember 21, 2018 at 5:09 pm #60870
Glad to know that I’m not the only one with this question. 🙂
"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." ~Th.JeffersonNovember 21, 2018 at 5:10 pm #60872
Thank you, Chalice! I’ve been hearing about The Anatomy of Story by Truby from Weiland for a while now, so I’ll def. need to check it out of my library! Is he very specific with outlining techniques, or is it more like a general explanation about structure?November 21, 2018 at 5:12 pm #60873
Thanks for bringing up Ms. Weiland, Michelle! I’ve been following Weiland’s articles for over about a year now – she has some wonderful resources/books/free articles. 🙂 I’ve been doing my best to apply them and was wondering if any of you know some other resources as well.November 21, 2018 at 10:28 pm #60926Chalice@chalice
@pursuewisdom, he’s very specific. In each chapter he focuses on a different area of your story, for example: theme, characters, world-building, or plot. And then after you read through the chapter he has questions that you go through and answer and examples of answers from other stories.
“Creativity takes courage” -Henri MatisseNovember 22, 2018 at 5:32 pm #61034Jane Maree@jane-mareeNovember 22, 2018 at 10:26 pm #61054Eden Anderson@eden-anderson
Okay, well those were the first two things that popped into my head and I thought I would share them.😁 I hope someone was able to help you out better!
Thanks! I adore hedgehogs.😉
I really need to check out this book…sounds amazing!!
"But how could you live and have no story to tell?" - Fyodor DostoyevskyNovember 29, 2018 at 5:32 pm #62285
Thank you for the information – much appreciated.November 29, 2018 at 5:34 pm #62286
Thanks for bringing it up! I actually downloaded but it’s one of those things that slipped out of my mind after it was printed out. (go finding it right now)
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