Embellished Novel Outline

As given on hannahtruelove.com and embellished from prowritingaid.com

Part One: The Introduction

  • 1. Introduction
    • Entering emotional state of the point-of-view character
    • Character objective: What do they want?
    • Conflict: What impedes them from what they want?
    • Motive for antagonism: Some understanding of the other characters’ motivations
    • Character’s worldview: What belief system is he/she operating in?
    • Tactic: What actions the character takes in the scene to achieve their objective (remember, dialogue is action)
    • Turn: Does the character get what they want in the scene? What comes out of the conflict? What causes their emotions to change?
    • Objective achieved: Yes or no?
    • Exiting emotional state: If not the opposite of the entering emotional state, it must at least be different
  • 2. Call to Action
    • Entering emotional state of the point-of-view character
    • Character objective: What do they want?
    • Conflict: What impedes them from what they want?
    • Motive for antagonism: Some understanding of the other characters’ motivations
    • Character’s worldview: What belief system is he/she operating in?
    • Tactic: What actions the character takes in the scene to achieve their objective (remember, dialogue is action)
    • Turn: Does the character get what they want in the scene? What comes out of the conflict? What causes their emotions to change?
    • Objective achieved: Yes or no?
    • Exiting emotional state: If not the opposite of the entering emotional state, it must at least be different
  • 3. Point of No Return
    • Entering emotional state of the point-of-view character
    • Character objective: What do they want?
    • Conflict: What impedes them from what they want?
    • Motive for antagonism: Some understanding of the other characters’ motivations
    • Character’s worldview: What belief system is he/she operating in?
    • Tactic: What actions the character takes in the scene to achieve their objective (remember, dialogue is action)
    • Turn: Does the character get what they want in the scene? What comes out of the conflict? What causes their emotions to change?
    • Objective achieved: Yes or no?
    • Exiting emotional state: If not the opposite of the entering emotional state, it must at least be different

Part Two: The Mystery

  • 4. New Reality
    • Entering emotional state of the point-of-view character
    • Character objective: What do they want?
    • Conflict: What impedes them from what they want?
    • Motive for antagonism: Some understanding of the other characters’ motivations
    • Character’s worldview: What belief system is he/she operating in?
    • Tactic: What actions the character takes in the scene to achieve their objective (remember, dialogue is action)
    • Turn: Does the character get what they want in the scene? What comes out of the conflict? What causes their emotions to change?
    • Objective achieved: Yes or no?
    • Exiting emotional state: If not the opposite of the entering emotional state, it must at least be different
  • 5. New Friends
    • Entering emotional state of the point-of-view character
    • Character objective: What do they want?
    • Conflict: What impedes them from what they want?
    • Motive for antagonism: Some understanding of the other characters’ motivations
    • Character’s worldview: What belief system is he/she operating in?
    • Tactic: What actions the character takes in the scene to achieve their objective (remember, dialogue is action)
    • Turn: Does the character get what they want in the scene? What comes out of the conflict? What causes their emotions to change?
    • Objective achieved: Yes or no?
    • Exiting emotional state: If not the opposite of the entering emotional state, it must at least be different
  • 6. Major Event
    • Entering emotional state of the point-of-view character
    • Character objective: What do they want?
    • Conflict: What impedes them from what they want?
    • Motive for antagonism: Some understanding of the other characters’ motivations
    • Character’s worldview: What belief system is he/she operating in?
    • Tactic: What actions the character takes in the scene to achieve their objective (remember, dialogue is action)
    • Turn: Does the character get what they want in the scene? What comes out of the conflict? What causes their emotions to change?
    • Objective achieved: Yes or no?
    • Exiting emotional state: If not the opposite of the entering emotional state, it must at least be different

Part Three: The Action

  • 7. Build Up to Peak of Action
    • Entering emotional state of the point-of-view character
    • Character objective: What do they want?
    • Conflict: What impedes them from what they want?
    • Motive for antagonism: Some understanding of the other characters’ motivations
    • Character’s worldview: What belief system is he/she operating in?
    • Tactic: What actions the character takes in the scene to achieve their objective (remember, dialogue is action)
    • Turn: Does the character get what they want in the scene? What comes out of the conflict? What causes their emotions to change?
    • Objective achieved: Yes or no?
    • Exiting emotional state: If not the opposite of the entering emotional state, it must at least be different
  • 8. High-Action Event
    • Entering emotional state of the point-of-view character
    • Character objective: What do they want?
    • Conflict: What impedes them from what they want?
    • Motive for antagonism: Some understanding of the other characters’ motivations
    • Character’s worldview: What belief system is he/she operating in?
    • Tactic: What actions the character takes in the scene to achieve their objective (remember, dialogue is action)
    • Turn: Does the character get what they want in the scene? What comes out of the conflict? What causes their emotions to change?
    • Objective achieved: Yes or no?
    • Exiting emotional state: If not the opposite of the entering emotional state, it must at least be different
  • 9. Simmer-Down
    • Entering emotional state of the point-of-view character
    • Character objective: What do they want?
    • Conflict: What impedes them from what they want?
    • Motive for antagonism: Some understanding of the other characters’ motivations
    • Character’s worldview: What belief system is he/she operating in?
    • Tactic: What actions the character takes in the scene to achieve their objective (remember, dialogue is action)
    • Turn: Does the character get what they want in the scene? What comes out of the conflict? What causes their emotions to change?
    • Objective achieved: Yes or no?
    • Exiting emotional state: If not the opposite of the entering emotional state, it must at least be different

Part Four: The Conflict

  • 10. Encouragement to Complete the Quest
    • Entering emotional state of the point-of-view character
    • Character objective: What do they want?
    • Conflict: What impedes them from what they want?
    • Motive for antagonism: Some understanding of the other characters’ motivations
    • Character’s worldview: What belief system is he/she operating in?
    • Tactic: What actions the character takes in the scene to achieve their objective (remember, dialogue is action)
    • Turn: Does the character get what they want in the scene? What comes out of the conflict? What causes their emotions to change?
    • Objective achieved: Yes or no?
    • Exiting emotional state: If not the opposite of the entering emotional state, it must at least be different
  • 11. Major Event / Lose Everything
    • Entering emotional state of the point-of-view character
    • Character objective: What do they want?
    • Conflict: What impedes them from what they want?
    • Motive for antagonism: Some understanding of the other characters’ motivations
    • Character’s worldview: What belief system is he/she operating in?
    • Tactic: What actions the character takes in the scene to achieve their objective (remember, dialogue is action)
    • Turn: Does the character get what they want in the scene? What comes out of the conflict? What causes their emotions to change?
    • Objective achieved: Yes or no?
    • Exiting emotional state: If not the opposite of the entering emotional state, it must at least be different
  • 12. Major Twist
    • Entering emotional state of the point-of-view character
    • Character objective: What do they want?
    • Conflict: What impedes them from what they want?
    • Motive for antagonism: Some understanding of the other characters’ motivations
    • Character’s worldview: What belief system is he/she operating in?
    • Tactic: What actions the character takes in the scene to achieve their objective (remember, dialogue is action)
    • Turn: Does the character get what they want in the scene? What comes out of the conflict? What causes their emotions to change?
    • Objective achieved: Yes or no?
    • Exiting emotional state: If not the opposite of the entering emotional state, it must at least be different

Part Five: The Conclusion

  • 13. Tie All Storylines Together
    • Entering emotional state of the point-of-view character
    • Character objective: What do they want?
    • Conflict: What impedes them from what they want?
    • Motive for antagonism: Some understanding of the other characters’ motivations
    • Character’s worldview: What belief system is he/she operating in?
    • Tactic: What actions the character takes in the scene to achieve their objective (remember, dialogue is action)
    • Turn: Does the character get what they want in the scene? What comes out of the conflict? What causes their emotions to change?
    • Objective achieved: Yes or no?
    • Exiting emotional state: If not the opposite of the entering emotional state, it must at least be different
  • 14. Resolution Between Protagonist and Antagonist
    • Entering emotional state of the point-of-view character
    • Character objective: What do they want?
    • Conflict: What impedes them from what they want?
    • Motive for antagonism: Some understanding of the other characters’ motivations
    • Character’s worldview: What belief system is he/she operating in?
    • Tactic: What actions the character takes in the scene to achieve their objective (remember, dialogue is action)
    • Turn: Does the character get what they want in the scene? What comes out of the conflict? What causes their emotions to change?
    • Objective achieved: Yes or no?
    • Exiting emotional state: If not the opposite of the entering emotional state, it must at least be different
  • 15. Conclusion/ What’s Next?
    • Entering emotional state of the point-of-view character
    • Character objective: What do they want?
    • Conflict: What impedes them from what they want?
    • Motive for antagonism: Some understanding of the other characters’ motivations
    • Character’s worldview: What belief system is he/she operating in?
    • Tactic: What actions the character takes in the scene to achieve their objective (remember, dialogue is action)
    • Turn: Does the character get what they want in the scene? What comes out of the conflict? What causes their emotions to change?
    • Objective achieved: Yes or no?
    • Exiting emotional state: If not the opposite of the entering emotional state, it must at least be different
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