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Module 6: Scene Blueprint

Lesson 5 (of 7) – Outline

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Worksheet Action Step(s):

Action Step #1 – Your scene outline:

Create your Scene Outline using the two basic scene types (Mission and Response) found inside the Scene Pulse

It’s time to design your story’s foundational scene-by-scene-outline.

Reminder: Your Scene Outline will not be perfect! However, you do not need it to be perfect right now because you’re still finding your overarching plotline.

So the critical goal here is to create a basic scene-by-scene foundation using the Cause and Effect pattern. (Also, the remaining pages inside this module will help you improve and refine your scenes.)

In addition, you do not need to break out each scene’s beginning, middle, and end at this stage (unless you choose to create those as well).

It’s recommended that you strictly focus on the broad strokes by creating a Mission Scene – followed by a Response Scene – followed by a Mission Scene – and so on…

Here are the 4 oulining approaches to help you get create your complete Scene Outline:

#1. Fill in the scene gaps between your Plot Milestones that you brainstormed during the previous Plot Milestone Action Step(s).
 * Taking this approach is similar to writing a short story between each of your Plot Milestones, and those Plot Milestones serve as bookends.

#2. Revisit your Story Summary, focus on the core story you want to tell, and free write your scenes.
* Don’t overthink it. Just write the scenes using the Scene Pulse knowing you will edit them later.
Reminder: Just getting something down onto the page can help because some people are better creators during the editing process.

#3. Map out a similar story inside your genre and re-invent each scene. (This is the most strongly recommended approach to begin with).

* Choose a story inside your genre (similar to the story you want to tell), summarize each scene (novel or film), and then re-create each scene.

You’re basically outlining a proven storyboard inside this approach, and then doing your best to re-invent that storyboard using your own characters, setting and theme.

#4. Create your Scene Outline in any way you want!

* You are a storyteller so that means you’re a creative person. That also means you can design your scenes in any way that works best for you using everything you’ve learned up to this point.

Maybe you outline your scenes in reverse by starting at The End and finishing at the beginning? Maybe you blend a couple approaches? Maybe you know your creation process best? Just create!

Has the Fast Draft Process helped you create your story in a new way?

If so, would you be open to sharing this course with a fellow storyteller?

Maybe you’ll be helping someone create the story they’ve always wanted to write?