Okay, this week we’ll be talking about writing an outline, and how that may benefit you. Outlining is a crucial part of the writing process. This is where you put all of the pieces of the puzzle that you have created together. Previously you have put together your story concept, brainstorming, research, character development, and plot all down on paper or in a document. The outline is a way to organize all of that into a cohesive story, and a place where you can fill in the missing gaps.
Here’s a great article that’s incredibly helpful about outlining. It’s a great resource for you that talks about multiple ways to outline: Go Into The Story – How I Write A Script, Part 6: Outline
One thing I’d like to add. The way I outline, I like my document to be filled to the brim with all sorts of details. You might have a lot of things in their that will never see the light of day, but that’s okay because it’s for you. All the information in your outline will help you write a comprehensive script. After you write the first draft of the script is when you should start trimming the fat, but until then don’t leave out details.
There are many ways to outline, and you have to try and find what works best for you. For me, I’m a lot like Scott. I like to have a lot down on paper before I begin to write the script, with the understanding that things may change. Others may just want to write down a few points before they get into the writing process. It’s all about what feels right to you.