(last edited November 23, 2008)

How To Use Story Outlines

Story outlines are designed to illustrate how a story is written. By looking at the outline and reviewing the story in its parts, a writer, and even a reader, can see how the author created the story. By using the outline, writers can also continue to analyze a story and examine the character arcs, sequences, turning points, scenes, inciting incident, and much more.

After examining a few story outlines, try writing one yourself. To learn how, read How to watch movies to learn how to write fiction. That tutorial can also be used for analyzing any story including a novel or play.


List every character and create a Character Arc based on the outline. This will reveal how the characters were written into the story.

Go through the dialogue and write the subtext. This will help you to learn how to create crafty dialogue.

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Edited November 23, 2008 (diff)