Since, I don’t know the first thing about outlining a fiction novel, I’ve been scouring the Internet for tips. There are various ways to go about outlining. And at this point I’ve read so many different ways to do it, that I’m cross-eyed. The lower than average gray matter that is my brain has gone on strike, apparently from information overload. The end result being that I’ve absorbed nothing but I’ve bookmarked a couple of sites for future reference.
After that I was like - “This sucks! What do I do next?” And then it hit me – “What if I searched on YouTube?” Which I did and I’m sure other people would’ve thought of it sooner, but I’m slow. Anyway, there’s a five part video series with Dan Wells, author of “I Am Not a Serial Killer”. I liked the way he explained story structure - a seven point system not created by him. In this video he uses examples from Batman Begins, Harry Potter and The Fellowship of the Ring.
As he explains, the seven point system goes as follows:
The Seven Point System
- Plot Turn 1
- Pinch 1
- Pinch 2
- Plot Turn 2
Here's part one of Dan Wells on Story Structure:
Now I can refer to these videos whenever I feel stuck. And his book has been added to my TBR list.