HOW TO OUTLINE A RIVETING NOVEL

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  1. Hi there Abbie! Your videos are pretty awesome. I'm learning a lot and I know that I can use it in my work as a copywriter as well. I do have some questions though, and I hope you can answer them. Here they are:

    1. I'm curious, where did you get the details for the 3 act structure?
    2. Can I also use this kind of structuring when following Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey?

    Thanks and more power!

  2. Hello! Wonderful vid!!!! I do have a question… I have been trying to use the 3 act outline structure. Is there a timeframe for writing an outline? I have been writing my outline for 2 weeks not and have not really gotten halfway. I keep reading that outlining should take anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Personally I feel each person should take the time they need. This is my first novel ever and I am struggling a bit with the outlining. What am I doing wrong if anything? Another thing… I have a plot idea and I am outlining to fit it, but I find myself changing the outline up before I even get close to halfway… is this normal?

  3. I’m a pancer but I’m tired of getting lost in my writing and quitting half way so here we go! Act 1: episode one!

  4. Abbie!! I just found out about an amazing book called The Right to Write by Julia Cameron and I immediately thought of you. Have you read this? I'm about to buy it, apparently it's amazing. much love.

  5. Thank you for having clear speech and great audio. I have a hearing deficit and although I use hearing aids some channels are still difficult for me to understand everything said. Your perfect pronunciation of words and excellent audio quality make watching and listening to your channel a real pleasure. You just got a new subscriber.

  6. Hi, Abbie. I just wanted to say thank you for making this. I've only recently (today in fact), gotten back into writing after almost a year of hiatus. I'm still working on the same central idea I've had for a story for almost six years now, and I've found that regardless of how much progress I make during any massive loads of writing, I usually crash and burn due to losing direction and not having enough stepping stones to connect the dots for a fun, cohesive read. So now, I'm trying what I've never fully embraced before, which is outlining and planning ahead. Can't wait to see what a difference it will make.

  7. Ohhhh my-goodness, Abbie. You have just made my day on SO many levels. It's exciting enough to look forward to your outlining how-to videos (because I'm somewhere between a plotter and a pantser) but then you went and blew my mind with my discovery of your link to where you get your music!!!! I just visited the site and scaled down the tempo for some awesome mood music for writing, YAY!!! I think I love you now. 😀 Just subscribed

  8. New subscriber here!

    Your videos inspire and help me a lot with my project which is a novel in one of my subjects. You also help me realize the fun process of writing. The story that I write isn't that good but it definitely felt good to see it done and printed in front of me.

    Thank you for making this type of videos.

    Love lots from the Philippines.

  9. Excited to get to your new and previous videos! your video was clear to understand and the music wasn't overpowering. New Subscriber. 🙂

  10. Honestly – the happy end is mandatory in a romance story. However it‘s the HOW the couple gets their happily ever after that makes these books compelling.
    Otherwise there would me no kissing-books (as Gwen Hayes would put it ♥ ).

    Plotting is so interesting.
    I love it and I hate it. I seem to use another technique for every story I write. It‘s weird. Every time I think I know how to plot, I use a completely different one next, relearning everything 😅🙈

    Gotta watch the Act 1 Video right about now 🙋🏼‍♀️

  11. I'd be really interested to see how YOU outline your stories as well. once your done with this series I'd LOVE to see a writers life Wednesday about how you outline so thoroughly. Love your videos!

  12. I wrote my first novel by the seat of my pants and cursed vehemently through the next two drafts. Since then, I've become somewhere between a minimalist plotter and full-fledged one. So many people see the plotting process as a killer of creativity. I only see it as being moved up to an earlier stage of the story development cycle. I've come to love it. As challenging as it can be sometimes, that adrenaline rush when everything comes together is golden. Just the other day, I sat down to write my 500-word one page summary and ended up writing 3000+ words! When I "pantsed" my first novel, I remember being distracted by trying to figure out where the story would go next. Once you have an idea where the story is going through plotting, that attention and focus shifts to where it should be, immersing yourself inside the skin of your characters to create that emotional connection with the reader. I use a much more stripped down version of the 3-Act Structure, a sort of Hero's Journey approach for my romantic fiction novels, coupled with the Snowflake Method to focus on characters first and their "why" as they react and respond to the plot points in a story. I can't wait to see where you take this series, Abbie, and luckily I don't have to wait as video #2 is already up. I look forward to watching it later today 🙂

  13. Miss Abbie, you're a rock star and I deeply appreciate the content you share. It is magnificently useful! I am soo looking forward to this series. Thank you.

  14. I used to be a pantser but, once I tried outlining, I switched to being a planner. In fact, that switch is what led me to be able to write a 70,000 word novel in 39 days for NaNoWriMo last year!

    I'm always looking for different ways of outlining to find the way that works the best for me. I'm very interested in this series and your process!

  15. Definitely a fan of structure and outlines. I love this beat sheet that I found online (original source in the doc) to set everything up and then add all my notes to Scrivener. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/10os2sXzo8NIzHqE3qkJmRw6rrcSgXwWPwdpDsBZ_WWQ/edit#

  16. Is difficult to me outlining a romance, for example, because most part of the time I feel the my history doesn't have many plot twists. Is more easy to me build a outline for a fantasy or some like that. I hope this new series can help me!

  17. Abbie, thank you so much for sharing all of this that you've learned. It's so kind and selfless of you 🙂

  18. It's a pity that we have your videos just on Wednesday 😓😕 We love u so much and your ideias change my mind 😝❤

  19. I'm a 3 Act plantser kinda writer but as ACT 1, ACT2A, ACT 2B & ACT 3. I find if I write a synposis first, then outline I can move it around sufficiently to write an even better synopsis. 😊💚💙💜

  20. Yes! Plotting is so hard; I really am having trouble with this recently, so I'm super looking forward to this 😉

  21. This is just what I need Abbie. I’m determined to make some serious progress on my writing project. Which is actually a tv series, that I’m producing. So excited to apply your tips to my story.

  22. I've tried Three Act Structure, many times, but I haven't been able to get it working. My ideas come to me in flashes, few and far in between of an obviously massive plot, but I have no idea what happens between those flashes of ideas. I really, really hope that this time I'll be able to use it and make a real outline instead of having to pants through Camp NanoWriMo. Are you taking part to Camp this April, Abbie?

  23. YESSS I'm excited for this. I've been using the 3 act structure for my trilogy and it is AMAZEBALLS. it has really helped me "see" my story, and fill in blanks where things were missing. I can't wait for this video series!

  24. THIS COULDN'T HAVE COME AT A BETTER TIME! I just found a story idea I love and I've been struggling with outling it, so this should be super helpful 🙂

  25. Hey Abbie. I consider myself a light outliner. I've been researching outlining and know a little about three act structure, so this sounds wonderful to me. Teach me your ways friend 😁😁😁

  26. I actually have written two other novels (more like novellas, they're pretty short) but for my past camp nanowrimo I did with my aunt who's a nonfiction author that wanted to try out fiction, we actually spent time planning out our books together the month before. I never noticed how much coming up with scenes and encounters beforehand would improve my writing experiance! Anyways, thanks for this video!

  27. Oh my god! I can't wait for your videos!
    You are awesome my friend! I love your channel and I adore you!
    You've helped a lot of us in the years, and you are keep going strong! See you next week!!!

  28. Ooo! Just in time for Camp NaNo next month! I'm so excited about this series! Outlining is one thing that I had to figure out on my own for NaNo in November, and I messed things up when it came to Act 3 of my story, so I am really looking forward to the upcoming episodes!!!

  29. First….YAY!!!! Oh you're so mean Abbie. I'm dying to find out what that trick is to make the opening of the story good. As for me I'm an overplotter. Meaning, I have to have all possible avenues figured out ahead of the actual writing. See I have Virgo as my moon sign which means I'm a planner, file clerk extraordinaire who can't help but be fascinated with all the file folders and such that adds up to one monstrosity of an outline section. That's me, yeppers. Thanks for tackling this series. Is there any way you could do a series on planning a historical fiction series? My current project is that and I'm having difficulties figuring out whether to write the entire story in one then break it up, or plan each book individually. Take care and a have a great March.💖💝💟

  30. Thank you so much for doing this series Abbie! This is going to be so helpful to me. I can't wait until next weeks video! Lots of love, E <3 Xxx

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