Master Outline for Your Story

Hiya Fellow Readers!


I have been working for longer than I would like to admit on my second draft of my novel, which is currently untitled.  I have been searching for beta readers for a while now and I actually have more people asking me how I’ve gotten past the first draft than anything else. Well, you write. I know, I know super obvious, right? That seems to be the hardest thing for people to do. The first draft of a novel is like vomit writing for me. It’s ideas and feelings I had and I was scribbling down words faster than I could come up with them.

After taking some time away from it when it was finished, I came back and reread it. Awful, doesn’t quite cover it. My ideas had morphed and my plot had changed. My characters grew without me, and the words on the page were still the child-like version. Draft two has been harder than actually writing the first one. The gritty details and plot holes are being hashed out as we speak, but I felt that I should share some of the things I have come across to help me along. is just one of the many writing blogs that I follow. In this case, since I’m pushing through my second draft it’s one that I go to often for the master outline template. Now I personally wouldn’t use it before I got to this point but I think it’s important to share. Christine, the author of the blog deconstructs bestselling novels, and she is unbelievably helpful. Below I posted the master outline I follow. I don’t do everything or add everything to my own work but I do think she has a good view of popular novels and what they need to not only survive but thrive.

BEGIN “DREARY HOMELAND” FOR CHAPTERS 1 THROUGH 4.5 (the average separation period occupies the first 21% of the example novels)

BEGIN “AWFUL-AWESOME LAND” FROM CHAPTER 4.5 TO 19.5 (the average initiation period occupies the middle 71% of the example novels)

BEGIN “HOMEWARD BOUND” SECTION FROM CHAPTER 19.5 UNTIL THE END (the average return period occupies 8% of the end of the example novels.  The length of endings have the largest variation: Harry Potter’s ending = 3% of the novel, Twilight’s ending = 15% of the novel, and The Hunger Games = 7% of the novel)


I didn’t remove her hyperlinks in hopes you click on one and are whisked off to her amazing blog. is an outlet that any aspiring writer can use.

“Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.”

–Author Unknown

Let me know if you liked her blog! And please comment below so I know if the master outline helped you too.




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