Tips on Outlining Your Novel #writing #amwriting #outlining

If you are the type of writer who likes to outline before you start writing a new novel, you are well aware of the outlining process.

For some, it comes easy and naturally, especially when you have the entire story already thought out in your mind.

For others, though it’s not as easy—for whatever reason, lack of story, or lack of plot twists, it’s just a little more difficult.

Whether you are the type to add every single detail of each chapter, scene, and character arc into your outline, or you just write a few sentences, there are a few tips on how to make the outlining process a little smoother.


A great way to start your outline is to write down the exact goal you wish to accomplish with your story. This goal can either be a few sentences or a paragraph. If you know what you want points you want to convey to readers it will be easier to plan each of the character arcs to make sure they, along with your story, move forward throughout the whole book to the ending you want.


There are a few different software programs that help with outlining your novel. One that has risen in popularity is Scrivener. If you don’t want to use a program, though using just your word processor software works just fine. It might not be as organized as a specific outlining program, but you will still be able to outline your novel.


If you’ve hit a brick wall in your outlining, don’t underestimate the power of a brainstorm meeting with your writer friends. Talking about your story not only helps you talk out the problems you are having with it but also they can help give you ideas on plot twists that might be giving you trouble.

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