In the Fictional Story Outline Worksheet, writers detail five key points in their novel or short story:
- Part One – Introduction, Confrontation and Backstory
- Part Two – Internal Tension, External Tension and Elements of Danger
- Midpoint – False Ending
- Part Three – Obstacles and more Elements of Danger
- Part Four – Climax and Resolution
This worksheet is useful as it helps a writer keep the story on task and minimizes the temptation to allow a character to wander off on a tangent. Reviewing this sheet, allows the writer to stick to the plot, while letting the muse take your pants in different directions. The outline allows you to nudge to muse back onto the correct path.