In the realm of fiction writing, there is a pretty large debate happening. It centers around whether to outline or not. Outlines are easy, and I will show you how I do it.
The first stage of outlining involves doing an idea dump, or brain storming session. This process can be as elaborate or simple as you want it to be, but the more you can come up with in this stage, the easier things become when moving on to the next.
There are a couple of different ways I do the brainstorming. The first involves using index cards.
You can get simple 3×5 index cards from any stationary stores or, even, Walgreens, Wal-Mart and most other major box stores.
If you can get them in different colors, it will make the whole process easier, but that is up to you.
How does this prove outlines are easy?
You want to start with a central idea. A theme for your novel or story, so to speak. Write it down on one of the cards and put it on the table or floor.
Start writing more down. Who are the characters? Give each of them their own card, and make a card for any events you can see happening to them in the story. What changes will they go through? Is there a certain event you want to have happen?
Where is the story going to take place? Is it an entire world you are trying to create? Or will it be happening just down the street from where you live?
Each of these things should get their own card and you can begin, once you have as many as you can think of down, to organize them into themes, as a basic frame work for the outline you will create.
If you do not want to use index cards, an alternative is to use Mind Mapping software. There are many available for free online and they work in much the same manner (just not as hard on trees).
Now, use these things you have written down to begin organizing an outline for the story. Where will it begin? You have it written on one of the cards,m or, if not, it will at least be there, between the lines.
It’s easy to progress from there to create a plot that will not only drive the story forward,, but will be easy to write, as well, since you have all of the ideas right there, organized and ready to go.
This should be enough impetus to get you moving to organize an outline in an easy way and write something great.