I just participated on a Salt Lake Comic Con Writers Retreat panel called Planning and Outlining Your Novel and Finding Time to Write. Here’s an outlining tool that has worked awesomely for me, probably because I created it so it’s all about how my brain works. Who knows, it might be your thing, too. Worth a try!
I created this worksheet after I was inspired by J.K. Rowling’s handwritten diagram for Harry Potter.
Here’s a preview before you download:
My experience is that outlining is most useful if it’s fluid, allowing you to still create as you write the actual novel. To me, that spells ‘spreadsheet’ not ‘word processor’, because it’s so simple to add things in, take things out, and move them around. Plus this spreadsheet is more visual for me. I have used this to plot out my two speculative fiction series: HULDUSNOOPS and THE SALT SHEEN PARADOX.
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Note: Instructions are included on the white tab near the bottom center of the spreadsheet.
Most writers have access to a spreadsheet. No specialty software required. This should work for Excel, Calc (OpenOffice and LibreOffice, etc) and others but let me know if it doesn’t open for you.
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