How To Write a Story: The Outline to a New World

The outline is the key to a successful writing process. It keeps you organized and helps you stay on track. Regardless of what type of writing you are doing, it can be an essay, blog post or a presentation you will need an essay. With this post, I am going to focus on writing an outline for your story.

There are two approaches to writing an outline:

Focusing on the entire story from start to finish

Before you begin writing the outline have a plot and go from there. Ask yourself how did the characters get to this point and how will the characters reach a solution. The plot will help you figure out how to begin your story. The characters will help you end the story.

Another thing I would like to say is to have your chapters, acts and scenes organized. Put the details of what is going on in each scene or chapter underneath the titles of the scene/ chapter. These titles will keep the story organized.

Focus on the beginning
Did you know that Hayao Miyazaki didn’t have a finished script while creating Spirited Away?  If you refer back to any of the posts about Myra Breckenridge, I have explicitly stated that it is bad to not have a script but this is an exception to this rule. When using this approach you will be working scene by scene and not from start to finish. Whatever you chose to be the focus will start the story. At the end of the first act, the conflict or something leading up to the conflict should be presented. While using this strategy, the story should progress naturally. Remember the beginning is the attention grabber.

Comment down below on what you think about this blog series!

For those of you who want to know more about Hayao Miyazaki and Spirited Away: Spirited Away

Another Interesting Article on Spirited Away: How Hayao Miyazaki Films Taught Me Intersectional Feminism

Here are some tools to help you get started on your writing journey:

A Notebook for your ideas and outlines
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AmazonBasics Classic Notebook – Ruled

Pens to help you write your stories
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BIC Round Stic Xtra Life Ball Pen, Medium Point (1.0mm), Black, 36-Count

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