Outline a Novel

Answer these questions:

1. Why this protagonist?

2. What are they doing right now?

3. What is the external situation that will influence, shape, or effect  your protagonist?

4. What is the protagonist’s goal?

5. What obstacles stand in the way of the protagonist?

6. What qualities in the protagonist exist to overcome the obstacles?  (If not, you have the wrong protagonist)

7. How will the protagonist change?

8. Why am I writing this story? Will the protagonist succeed or fail?  Why did I make that choice?

9. What price will the protagonist pay to achieve this ending?

Okay now create your chapters:  1 thru 25.

Give Hardy Boys 1 line chapter descriptions:

———————————–Act 1————————– The main character makes a decision to act.

1. }

2. }

3. }    Questions 1 thru 4 must be answered here.

4. }

5. 1rst obstacle.

6.

———————————–Act 2————————  The action itself.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.

12.   Sex scene

13.   Things get worse. lol.

14.

14.

15.

16.

17.

18.

————————————Act 3———————–  The consequences of the action.

19.

20.

21.

22.

23. }     Question 9  What price does protagonist play?

24. }

25. }     Question 7 How does the protagonist change?

Side notes:

Kurt Vonnegut quote:  Start the story as late as possible.

Rule of maximum capacity:  The protagonist needs to operate at maximum capacity to overcome the obstacles.

Enjoy!