This is the template I’m using for the outlines of the stories. For a short explanation of each section, see below.
WOAT #X – OUTLINE TEMPLATE
Copied from Summary
- Title. Comments
This is a story about…
Tropes – Story
Who is NAME this time?
What does NAME want?
What does NAME need?
Here’s the theory:
- Copied from summary is the summary of the short story as copied from the series outline. See this page.
- Suggested Titles is just what it sounds like: possible titles for the story.
- Summary Sentence is the story summed up in one catchy sentence. It tries to explain as much as possible about what happens as well as what the source of conflict/tension is.
- Promise is a bit more vague. It’s a sentenced that starts with “this is a story about…” and then describes the concept of the story. The intent is to try and address the concept of reader expectations.
- Tropes is a list of the tropes used by the plot of the story, listed in roughly chronological order. You can read the list of tropes for each story on this page.
- Who is NAME this time? is about the main character or characters of the story. It’s summed up by the answers to the two questions of what the character wants and what they actually need. It should be noted that the character will not necessarily know what they need, and what they want may not have anything to do with what they need.
- Scratch 1 is the first scratch of the outline. I’ve ended up mostly splitting it in three different points to correspond to three different acts. The way I outline stories a scratch is one iteration of the outline. It begins very rough and then adds more and more detail with each pass.
- Scratch 2 is the second iteration of the outline. It’s more detailed than Scratch 1, but nowhere near detailed enough to begin writing the actual draft.