How to Outline Your Novel Part 4: Structuring Your Scene

17 thoughts on “How to Outline Your Novel Part 4: Structuring Your Scene

  1. I love this series! I re-watch all of these videos every time I start a new book. Thank you for the wonderful information! 🙂

  2. Chris, I love this! Is this what allows you to write so quickly? I do something similar, but not as good as this. In my process, I needed both the "seat-o-the-pants" & "outlinging" methods. I need room for creativity and a roadmap. Once I found my process, I was able to carry on as they say. But.. Watching your videos on your process, I see where this may gear you up to write much more quickly. You do all the legwork in your thought/synopsis, and then just pluck each out and drop them in as scenes to write when you're done. I love this! I'm going to write a space opera using this method..

  3. This has been a really cool series to watch, though how do you plot an interesting story? In other words, what do you do to come up with interesting story ideas, plot twists, etc? It kinda seems like you missed that step, which I'd imagine would come before writing out your synopsis in video 1?

  4. The third question means?!
    who suffers mostly in the scene? Which character we are spectating?

  5. Just curious. Is there a reason you use a separate folder/sheet structure instead of using the notecard feature?

  6. I believe you said(I'm paraphrasing, sorry) "an average page has around 250 words per page." is there a reason that is so, or is there a website or place that shows on average statistics such as that? I went back and looked at my own current manuscript and noticed it was averaging closer to 500 words/page and was wondering if I should change a setting somewhere or does it really matter in the writing process? thanks and sorry for the odd question

  7. This is awesome. The scenes are just pulled from the synopsis. But what about the beats for the scenes? Do you write them out, or what other, preparations asides from scene 'statement' do you do to deliver the scene while withholding expositions within scene? Thanks!

  8. Hi Chris – great little videos and cut to the chase rather than read 300 pages! I wonder – do you have any quick tips on how to use Scrivener?

  9. Thank you, Chris. I can't believe all this detailed, insightful, inspirational information is free. You're a generous man. Thanks a ton.

  10. Chris, thank you for all your excellent information. It has really helped me clean up some of the ideas and info I'd had before.

  11. Before I had ingested my full compliment of morning caffeine, I was scribbling something down while this video played. I looked up from my pad at around 2:35 and I thought, "WTF, when did I open that tab?" It took me more seconds than I care to admit before I realized my Amazon review was in your video. Derp.

  12. Will you make your Scrivener doc available? I'd like to see how your scenes match up to your final chapters.

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