Outlining Your Novel Part II

In Part I of this series, I discussed how I wrote my first draft or rather outlined it. Now, we’ll be discussing how to use an outline after the First Draft. Many people erroneously believe that outlining ends after the first draft, however, I believe the outline becomes even more important. The outline, in the later stages of editing/writing, becomes a roadmap of sorts. It allows you to avoid, p(l)otholes, makes sure that you aren’t about to hit a dead end and makes sure that you always on the same road to the same destination. At this stage, the outline will become more detailed, but like the first outline, it is fluid and easy to change. Personally, I like these more spare outlines, because they don’t bog me down and distract me from writing. Since they are quite short, they are easy to quickly glance at and orient yourself in your writing.

As always, this outlining style may not work for you. Find what works best for you. There’s no right or wrong way to write. Proper usage of style and grammar is advised.

Here are a few great websites:

STORY STRUCTURE: 10 Simple Keys to Effective Plot Structure

The 4 Story Structures that Dominate Novels

Structure & Plot


How to Write a Book in 30 Days (Days 14-15)




1 thought on “Outlining Your Novel Part II

  1. As a retired teacher grades 2-12 and Educational Therapist working with bright students with learning differences, I am pleased to know that you use outlining to help structure your writing. I taught my students a variety of outlining styles including some unique to them. I hoped they would see the benefits of using a structure before and during writing. Great to know that you are using what works for you, Bea, and are sharing on your blog!!

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