2014 Get Started Write Challenge: Day 18

Today’s task is to write a story outline. An outline doesn’t restrict your story, but it does give you some possible directions to take. Of course, you can decide to jump off the path at any time. But today, we’re just doing an outline.

Here’s my attempt at a story outline:

  • Wife reads lovely tribute by her husband and says she’s happy he’s forgiven her.
  • Husband tells her the tribute is old, and he’s still upset at her.
  • Wife responds that her action was caused by his actions…
  • And they go back and forth about events…
  • Until they ultimately forgive each other.

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I could get more detailed with my outline, and I probably will throughout the day, but I don’t want to hold up your progress. My experience with outlines is that they start off simple and then get more involved the longer I think about different possibilities. Heck, the endings can even change dramatically, more characters can get involved, and a number of other things can happen.

As I mentioned earlier, the outline’s purpose is not to be a roadblock to your creativity. Rather, it’s a light that can be directed in any number of directions, but that also gives you more focus than “winging it.”

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robert_lee_brewer_1Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and an award-winning fiction writer. He doesn’t often talk about his background in writing fiction, but he’s actually earned a lot more money writing short stories than poems. That said, he is the author of Solving the World’s Problems (a collection of poems). Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.

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