Outlining Your Novel: Zoe Style (Part Two)

In part one, I wrote about how I laid out my six-foot plot map for my novel. So, after this map is drawn out, what is the next step?

The basis for this step actually happened prior to step one as I did my read-through of the first draft. As I read each scene, I filled out a sticky note with the chapter number, pages numbers, and a descriptive, but short, title. I left these sticky notes on the first page of each scene.

NOTE: Use new sticky notes that are actually sticky, otherwise they’ll drive you batty later.

After drawing the skeleton of the map, I pulled out my draft with the sticky notes in it. I then removed the sticky notes one by one and put them in order along the map. Scenes that were primarily reflective went on top of the line (the “realm of the protagonist”), while scenes that were primarily descriptive went below the line (the “realm of the antagonist”). At this point, it is important to know what your critical scenes are (see part one), and to make sure that their stickies end up in the correct place. Other than that, the spacing of the stickies is really rather arbitrary. This is the result of step two (sorry, I didn’t realize the picture was so dark when I took it):

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(Idea once again came from Martha Alderson’s The Plot Whisperer)

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