Write a Novel Outline from Scratch (Novel Writing Success)

Write a complete novel outline in this detailed outlining course for writers of all levels. Start writing yours now!
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  • Lectures 45
  • Length 4 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2015 English

Course Description



Do you have a story idea inside you that you're dying to write, but you're not sure where to start?

Are you already writing a novel, but the story has become too complicated and you don't know how to make progress?

Maybe you already have your own novel outlining process, but you simply want to improve it?

Or ... it's possible you don't even have a story idea yet, but you just love the thought of writing a novel.

Well, in this novel outlining course, you'll learn how to:

  • Generate story ideas and expand them into a complete book outline from SCRATCH!
  • Weave plot lines together with such intricacy it will blow your readers' minds
  • Create vivid story locations that will transport your readers into your story world
  • Create fully developed characters your readers will love (or love to hate!)
  • Implement BONUS outlining tips that will forever change your writing process
  • Gain confidence in your writing by effectively outlining your story first

It doesn't matter if you're a beginner, intermediate, or advanced writer.

It only matters that you're interested in outlining an intricate story that will wow your readers. On top of that, learning to effectively outline your novel means that when it comes to writing your book, you will write it faster, write it better, it'll need less revision, and … best of all, you'll get it published sooner!

And this course has so much content in a wide variety of formats:

Video presentations, audio lectures, and screen-captured video. Plus, there are loads of downloadable files to supplement your learning. There's even a FREE Scrivener template, so that if you're a Scrivener user you can benefit from the exact template I use for outlining my novels! But don't worry, if you're not a Scrivener user, you can still take this entire course.

By the end of this novel outlining course, you'll feel ready to write your own novel.

And if for some reason you're not satisfied, you get a 30-DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. So, you can enroll in this course assured with the knowledge that if it's not what you expected, you can get a full refund. No questions asked.

So, what are you waiting for? Enroll now and start outlining your novel today.

I'll see you inside the course. =)

- Andrew Butcher

What are the requirements?

  • Enthusiasm and a willingness to do the work one step at a time ...
  • It's beneficial, but not necessary, to own a copy of Scrivener, which is available from http://literatureandlatte.com/ But any word processor, such as Microsoft Word, is just fine for this course!
  • Determination to write the best novel outline you can!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 30-day money back guarantee
  • Write an entire novel outline FROM SCRATCH!
  • Weave plot lines together with such intricacy it will blow your readers' minds!
  • Create vivid story locations that will transport your readers into your story world
  • Create fully developed characters your readers will love
  • Generate story ideas for your novel and expand upon them
  • Avoid common first-draft mistakes by thoroughly planning your novel
  • Write your first draft much faster
  • Avoid unnecessary rewrites and major edits by knowing what to write in advance
  • Implement BONUS outlining tips that will forever change your writing process
  • Gain confidence in your writing by effectively outlining your novel
  • Make two books out of one, so you can give your readers more!
  • Plan, outline, and structure your first novel (or your best novel yet!)

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone who wants to write a novel and doesn't know where to start
  • Beginner writers, intermediate writers, and advanced writers
  • Anyone with a story idea they are dying to write
  • Ideal for Scrivener users, but anyone with a word processor like Microsoft Word can do this entire course
  • Anyone interested in creative writing
  • Anyone wanting to outline a highly detailed novel to wow their readers!

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: An Introduction to Write a Novel Outline From Scratch (Novel Writing Success)

Welcome to Creative Writing Success: Write a Novel Outline From Scratch, and thank you for joining me on this journey. In this first lecture, I give you a brief overview of the course content, so you know what to expect. Thanks again for joining the course; I'll see you in the next lecture.


In this lecture, I give you a quick tour of the Udemy interface, so that you can get the most of Plan Your Story: How to Outline a Book From Scratch!


In this lecture, I let you know what to expect from me as your lecturer throughout this course and I give you a short description of myself, in case you missed the trailer for this course.


In this lecture, I share two true stories with you to help you realise that anyone can write a book! If you have any concerns about your ability to write a novel, then get stuck into this lecture.


In this lecture, you'll find out where you fall on the plotter-pantser spectrum, and you'll discover the advantages a plotter has and other benefits of plotting a book before writing it.


In this lecture, you'll learn about a writing exercise called 'free writing,' which has helped improve my own writing for years. Also, this practice always gets me through the tough parts of outlining a novel. If this technique is even half as helpful for you as it is for me, then you'll get a lot out of it!

Section 2: From Idea to Words on the Page

Now it's time to get excited! In this lecture, you'll start generating potential story ideas for the book you'll be outlining in this course. You will learn multiple techniques for coming up with original plot premises, and these techniques can be used again and again, any time you want to generate a new plot.


In this lecture, you'll consider whether to start with characters or plot, and then you'll learn my approach and explore some examples of this approach in action.


In this lecture, you learn the value of note-taking and brainstorming. I show you all my messy, handwritten notes and doodles as an example, and then I provide you with a great method for brainstorming new ideas and working on the story idea you chose in the first lecture of this section.


In this lecture, I give you an awesome BONUS TIP that will help you to capture all your great ideas, so you can use them in your plot outline and never have to worry about forgetting them!

Section 3: The Outline (Part 1)

In this lecture, I discuss the order of the upcoming material and recommend ways for you to approach the content to get the most out of this course.


In this lecture, I give you two options for organising the content you'll be creating throughout this course, and I provide you with a FREE template if you decide to take Option 2.


In this lecture, you're going to take your first shot at merging your notes and ideas into one big story synopsis. What you come up with in this lecture will probably be quite rough, so don't worry about its quality for now. We're just aiming to bring your currently disjointed ideas together into one big summary of your story.

Section 4: Character Creation

In this lecture, you're going to learn how to create extremely detailed, interesting, and believable characters that your readers will love--or love to hate! You'll also be provided with a free Character Bio template and an example of a filled-out one.


A continuation of the first Character Bios lecture.


A continuation of the Character Bios lectures.


In this lecture, you'll learn a fun BONUS TIP which could massively help you when it comes to writing about your characters; you'll be able to jump right inside of their skin! Also, this tip is just plain fun. So, be sure to at least try it out!

Section 5: Your Story's Locations

In this lecture, you'll consider whether or not your particular story needs a map, and then we'll look at the benefits of having a map for your story world.


In this lecture, you'll learn how to create detailed locations for your story, using a location sheet I have created for you. Filling in this sheet for all your story's major locations will bring your story world to life and transport your readers inside of it! So, press PLAY and start learning how to create highly detailed story locations now.


In this lecture, you get another BONUS TIP, and this one describes the process of adding pictures to your location sheets to help you to get an instant feeling of being there. Often looking at a good picture of a place arouses your senses immediately: you can feel the warm air on your skin, smell the flowers, taste the humidity, hear the birds cheeping. So, by looking at relevant pictures before writing your scene, you can quickly know what your character is going to experience. Being able to describe sights, smells, sounds, tastes, and so on, will put your reader inside that setting. This is what I was talking about when I said my readers tell me they feel like they are there, inside my books, or sometimes even as if they are watching a movie unfold in their head.

Section 6: The Outline (Part 2)

In this lecture, you'll learn how to create your most detailed outline yet, as you watch your story unfold in your mind, step by step, and write down the events in separated chapter summaries. If you approach this exercise with the right mindset, then it's exhilarating! And there are some great benefits of doing this exercise, the best one being: If you create chapter summaries for your entire book, you'll write your first draft so much faster than without them!


In this lecture, you'll learn a BONUS TIP that will help you to pace and structure your story a whole lot better. It will ensure that your plot lines are well balanced and your readers stay interested in them. It's also colourful and fun--so dive in!


In this lecture, you'll learn how to create a short 1-3 paragraphs synopsis to help you clarify your plot and to motivate you when it comes to writing the first draft. This exercise also comes in handy later on, as you'll find out in the next BONUS TIP, so make sure to do this exercise!


In this lecture, you'll learn how to separate your short synopsis into story acts. You'll learn about the Classic 3-Act Structure and how using it can give you confidence in your story and help you to analyze and improve the flow of your plot.


In this lecture, you'll learn what a tagline is, and then you'll create some for your story. By looking at your story from different angles, you'll come up with multiple taglines that represent different aspects of your story. Doing this will help you identify your story's most exciting hooks, the hooks that will pull readers in!


In this lecture, you'll learn a BONUS TIP that you'll be really glad to know when it comes to submitting, publishing, and/or marketing your book. So, listen closely and enjoy!


In this lecture, you'll start exploring your story's themes, and then you'll use a technique you learnt in an earlier lecture to sprinkle your themes throughout your book outline and enhance your story.


In this lecture, you'll find out how symbolism can be used to enhance your story and to foreshadow upcoming events in the plot. If you use symbolism well, it can greatly enhance your readers' experience.


In this lecture, you'll find out where to store ideas you have that don't fit into the outline you currently have for your novel. This way, you can return to these ideas later on, when you are able to fit them into your story ... and you don't have to fear your good ideas going to waste or these ideas clogging up your outline by being in the wrong place!

Section 7: Conclusion

Congratulations! You're ready to write your book. In this lecture, we quickly go over what you've learnt in this course, I let you know about the importance of leaving reviews for courses you enjoyed, and then I send you on your way with some further resources and a massive thank you! I wish you all the success with your writing.


In this lecture, I give you the final BONUS TIP of the course. This tip is my favourite one out of the lot, and if you implement this tip, your readers will love you for it!

Section 8: NEW BONUS SECTION: Audio Versions of the Main Lectures for Your iPod/MP3 Player
Can YOU write a book? - Audio Version
Plotter or Pantser? - Audio Version
Starting Out: Generating your Story Idea! - Audio Version
Start with Characters or Plot? - Audio Version
Note-taking and Brainstorming - Audio Version
Big, Messy Plot: Your First Synopsis - Audio Version
Character Bios - Audio Version
Location Sheets - Audio Version
Chapter-by-Chapter Summaries - Audio Version
BONUS TIP: Get Colourful!
Blurb it! Your Short Synopsis - Audio Version
Structure: Get Your Acts Together! - Audio Version
Get Concise: Your Tagline - Audio Version
Themes - Audio Version

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Instructor Biography

Andrew Butcher, #1 Amazon Bestselling Author & Master Plot Juggler

My name is Andrew Butcher. I wrote and released my first fiction novel at the age of 21 and have since written more books in the same series, multiple books under various pen names, and have recently branched out into nonfiction. Many times, my books have hit the #1 spot for their categories on Amazon and other online eBook stores.

In my fiction writing, I'm a plotter by nature and I love experimenting with story structure to discover the most effective ways to outline a novel.

My favourite feedback from my readers is that they love how layered my stories are, how believable my characters come across, how easy it is to visualise my books' settings, and that it’s important to pay attention to every word in my books; my readers know that with each word I am intricately weaving together multiple plot lines. My favourite ever feedback was when someone called me ‘The Master Juggler’. (This fan did go on to make an inappropriate joke about how many balls I had in the air, but apparently he was referring to story plot lines!)

If you want to learn how to outline highly detailed stories of your own, then please enroll in my course titled Write a Novel Outline From Scratch!

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