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Story Outline Worksheet

Working title:

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Protagonist's name:

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Character Flaw:

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How does the story start?

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What is your opening scene?

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How does the story end?

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What is your closing scene?

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What is your protagonist's external goal? (The motivation and goal for the character to reach by the end of the book - it can be physical or mental):

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What is the theme of your novel?

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Who is/are your Antagonist(s)?

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Who is/are your Allie(s)?

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What's the inciting event that kickstarts the story?

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When/how does your character realise their external goal?

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How is their flaw portrayed for the first time?

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How will your character try to reach their goal initially?

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When and how is the antagonist revealed?

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What happens to annoy your antagonist? Do they fail at their first attempt to get what they want?

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Is your character's flaw portrayed again? And how?

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How does your character change their way of reaching their external goal during the novel?

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Does the antagonist attack your character? If so, how?

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Does your character change their goal at any point? If so, why?

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How does your ally help your main character?

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When and how does your character realise what they must do in order to reach their goal?

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Is there a final battle between your protagonist and antagonist? What happens?

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What's the outcome?

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Story ends.


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Writing a Book Story Outline Worksheet
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