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Organize Your Plot: Part 1

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Outlines

Writers are never short on ideas, but oftentimes we have trouble sorting them out and getting them down on the page. It can be daunting, especially when you have a complex concept or world that has to be built, but it’s useful to know that you’re not the only one facing this issue. As such, there have been many methods devised to help you better organize your story ideas and punch that first road block right in the face. One such is the outline.

First, if you don’t already know the structure of a story, I’d check this article out: Plotting Methods for Meticulous Plotters 

There are a TON of ways to handle an outline, and everyone has their own methods. I don’t usually link the Daily Mail, but here’s an article they did showing some outlines belonging to famous authors to give you an idea of the variations. I’m going to be covering a more standard format in this section.

Outlines are useful for organizing the time line of events in your story as well as keeping track of multiple character arcs. You can be as detailed, or as brief, as you need to be with your outline, since you’re going to be using it as the skeleton for your story. Nothing you write for your outline is set in stone. Expect it to change because stories evolve as you build them. I recommend typing outlines for easy editing at a later point.

I normally set up outlines like this:

Chapter #

Character (Since I have more than one POV.)

  • Idea for how the chapter opens, what the focus character is doing.

  • Details, which will include a description of what happens next, how my character feels about the situation, maybe a line of dialogue I thought of, a piece of imagery I want to use, a question if this particular item is appropriate for the scene or better served elsewhere, a concept idea, a note about how this plot line may or may not work later, etc. It is always easier to move a story element in an outline than it is in the actual draft.

  • Continue listing what happens

  • Next, taking up as much space and as many bullet points as you need. Use a new bullet point when you have a new idea, or a new action or event. My outlines for chapters tend to be a page or more, as I’m very specific.

  • If you only have a general idea of what’s going in a section, or you’ve dug yourself into a plot hole that you can’t fix right now, make a note and come back to it later. You may find as you progress in your outline that you will come up with an acceptable answer to your stuck point working on a later chapter.

  • How the chapter ends. It should lead into the next chapter.

If you want to track character arcs, you can highlight or color-code your text for specific characters throughout the outline so you can see their progression through the overall narrative. I also tend to make note of how I want this character to change by the end of the book if necessary.

My outlines, when I actually do them, tend to go on for a while. The last time I did one the document was around 20 pages or so. This, of course, may be way too much detail for some of you, so feel free to slim down.

Bare Bones Outline:

Chapter 1 (Title, if applicable)

Character

  • Main character bites into sandwich. The act of doing so transports him into a different realm.

  • He falls out of the sky and onto a funeral precession.

  • Disoriented, he is attacked by the precession’s guards while being shouted at by the mourners.

  • Our hero runs away, still having no clue what’s going on. He flees into the woods.

  • He ends up stumbling around, nearly crashing into trees, and eventually runs into what looks like a rock. However, the rock moves and turns to reveal it’s some sort of creature.

  • End chapter on main character staring at the angry, dripping maw of the beast.

This example shows you the main points of the chapter, the focus character, his possible conflict, and an end point that leads you right into the next chapter.

Bulleted lists work the best for me as far as formatting goes, but feel free to use standard numbers, arrows, or Roman numerals if that suits you best.

Outline Tools:

Some people like to use specific programs for outlining. I use OpenOffice (or Microsoft Office, but I’m cheap), though others exist:

  • Microsoft One Note (usually comes with new Windows PCs).
  • Omni Outliner (Mac OS).
  • Free Mind (not a traditional outline and is instead a visual mapping tool).
  • Scrivner.
  • Redhaven Outline.
  • Excel or Google Docs (for spreadsheets).

Happy outlining!

-Morgan

gummypron:

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human bill cipher with tentabulge. B)
Anonymous

spookythneed:

idk what to say other than that’s pretty much exactly what we all need to be thinking

staticposes:


c r e e k

wow i worked on this for a total of 13 hours. i don’t think i remember putting this much effort into anything for the longest time. oh jeez. i like how it came out though~

staticposes:

c r e e k

wow i worked on this for a total of 13 hours. i don’t think i remember putting this much effort into anything for the longest time. oh jeez. i like how it came out though~

missthneed:

[slams my fist down] thiS I S NOT SELF INDULGENT AT ALL

missthneed:

[slams my fist down] thiS I S NOT SELF INDULGENT AT ALL

Headcanon Jams for Missthneed

yesthisiskayleigh:

So I was going to send you this as a bunch of Anonymous asks, but I didn’t want to overload your messages.


I like to imagine Clyde and Tweek being really possessive and competitive about Craig. When they’re kids, Token, Craig, and Clyde are already a team, but Craig and Tweek get to be friends after the “C vs. T” incident, so Tweek gets brought into the group. Clyde does not like this. Clyde’s used to being the baby of the group, getting attention from Token and Craig, so he hates having to share Craig when Tweek joins in, whom also starts being treated the baby of the group, as he has special needs.

When the Stick of Truth thing happens, Clyde boasts and harasses Tweek about how he got Craig to turn traitor and join his team. Though Craig did try to get Tweek to switch sides too, but Tweek didn’t because he didn’t wanna be on the same team as Clyde. It gets worse as they get older. Fighting about who will sit next to Craig at lunch if there isn’t enough room for them to sandwich him between them, fighting about who will sit next to Craig on the bus going to and from school and during field trips, fighting about who gets to partner up with Craig during two-person projects, who Craig will choose for teams in sports. If one is having a sleepover, they won’t invite the other and gloat about all the fun they had with Craig the next day at school. It just goes on and on.

Craig doesn’t question it, even though everyone else thinks it’s weird, and eventually learns to live life while accommodating these two big babies. He just gets used to being shared. If he can’t find a way to be fair to both, he’ll choose neither, as that is the ultimate “fair,” but tries his best to divide his time between the two.

As the boys get older and *~~sex~~* becomes this magical thing in their lives, they immediately try to get into Craig’s pants, and the one who gets there first constantly holds it above the other’s head. But it doesn’t matter for much longer because then they start fighting over who’s better in bed and who Craig likes to fuck more anyway.

Stupid competitive babies being dumb about a dumb boy.

Heh, just thought of some great twist ending:

Tweek and Clyde just kinda stop one day and look at each other. Clyde asks, “H-how did this go on for so long?” and he and Tweek realize this was a thing that started when they were kids and just never stopped. They’re so confused. Like, “We’re sophomores in high school. Why are we still fighting like this?”

And by this point in time, Craig has fully realized that these two have the biggest crush on him, but he’s never done anything about it. Like, never rejected them or accepted one(or both). Just kinda… left ‘em hanging.

They decide to forget Craig and just date each other instead B)

(Or, if you so wish, they put their differences aside and decide to share Craig and date him at the same time, which eventually leads to them developing feelings for each other on top of their feelings for Craig, ending in some beautiful Polyamorous dating).

Headcanon Jams for Missthneed

So I was going to send you this as a bunch of Anonymous asks, but I didn’t want to overload your messages.


I like to imagine Clyde and Tweek being really possessive and competitive about Craig. When they’re kids, Token, Craig, and Clyde are already a team, but Craig and Tweek get to be friends after the “C vs. T” incident, so Tweek gets brought into the group. Clyde does not like this. Clyde’s used to being the baby of the group, getting attention from Token and Craig, so he hates having to share Craig when Tweek joins in, whom also starts being treated the baby of the group, as he has special needs.

When the Stick of Truth thing happens, Clyde boasts and harasses Tweek about how he got Craig to turn traitor and join his team. Though Craig did try to get Tweek to switch sides too, but Tweek didn’t because he didn’t wanna be on the same team as Clyde. It gets worse as they get older. Fighting about who will sit next to Craig at lunch if there isn’t enough room for them to sandwich him between them, fighting about who will sit next to Craig on the bus going to and from school and during field trips, fighting about who gets to partner up with Craig during two-person projects, who Craig will choose for teams in sports. If one is having a sleepover, they won’t invite the other and gloat about all the fun they had with Craig the next day at school. It just goes on and on.

Craig doesn’t question it, even though everyone else thinks it’s weird, and eventually learns to live life while accommodating these two big babies. He just gets used to being shared. If he can’t find a way to be fair to both, he’ll choose neither, as that is the ultimate “fair,” but tries his best to divide his time between the two.

As the boys get older and *~~sex~~* becomes this magical thing in their lives, they immediately try to get into Craig’s pants, and the one who gets there first constantly holds it above the other’s head. But it doesn’t matter for much longer because then they start fighting over who’s better in bed and who Craig likes to fuck more anyway.

Stupid competitive babies being dumb about a dumb boy.

(pt.1) So imagine if the events of the Stick of Truth game took place when the boys were older, like in their teens or something. After Clyde('s dad) built his tower and Clyde formed his army of darkness, Craig turned traitor and joined him. Clyde saw an opportunity in this and told Craig he had to prove his allegiance, that he wouldn't turn again. And by prove Clyde meant they had to have sex :P Clyde loves using dumb puns, like, "You may service your lord by 'polishing' his 'royal scepter.'"
Anonymous
(pt.2) And "It seems I've lost the sheath to my 'sword.' You wouldn't mind letting me you use you as one, would you, my loyal thief?" *wink wonk all over the place* He's so frickin' dumb. Craig just loves calling Clyde "My lord" all the time. "Ah! Yes, my Lord! I love pleasing you, my Lord!" They're both stupid nerds.
Anonymous

spookythneed:

whAT DORKS OH MY GOSH the puns would be so bAD and so IMMENSE craig would have to take a moment to stop laughing and then hed come back w stupid things to say right back and theyd just spend the whole time trying not to laugh at each other i love

For the Kiss Challenge. GamTav 2.

gummypron:

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g’morning~
have a rose butt

fefairi:

okay got these girls all sketched out for gemstuck, + a bonus rose and jade bcause i couldnt help myself..lmao

but im posting them now b4 bed bcause im rly happy with these sketches, tho ill have to tweak out a few errors during lineart later 

mintyparade:

super cute girlfriends club (transparent!!)
(tag this as genderbending or crossdressing and i will destroy u)

mintyparade:

super cute girlfriends club (transparent!!)

(tag this as genderbending or crossdressing and i will destroy u)

Through the driving mirror

yaahoooo:

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Meanwhile at the other side of the car…
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Clyde can’t barely hold his laugh. 

More Aisle 10 (by Mandasaurus-Rex) fanart!! I loved this scene so much ;__; I hope I got it right.

PS:If you haven’t read it you’ll probably won’t get a thing, do you? lol

missthneed:

sometimes mankind asks “have we gone too far” and sometimes the devil replies “oh no net yet” but this is not one of those moments

missthneed:

sometimes mankind asks “have we gone too far” and sometimes the devil replies “oh no net yet” but this is not one of those moments