Quite a few people asked during the 21 Day Novel Challenge how I generate outlines. This is the first video I’ve put together in a series explaining the details of how I approach outlining my novels.

Outlining Your Novel Part 1- Brainstorming Your Premise


  • Thank you for this, great advice.

  • When I tried to emulate your run of writing quickly, I soon faltered, but I realised why: I didn’t have an outline. I am following this with interest to rectify this, and am also reading “Take off your Pants” by Libbie Hawker. Thanks for a great video.

  • How do you incorporate your process into writing a series? Before you start a series, do you map it all out? If so, how do you determine where each book ends? Or, do you just do one book and then start over on the second book?

    • That’s a complex question I can’t answer in just a few sentences. If you’re writing a trilogy, it works differently than a three book series. What both have in common is that every book needs a beginning, middle and end. Something big needs be resolved by the end. Then, in a series, you have questions that aren’t answered until the end of the last book.

      For the Void Wraith trilogy they win a big battle at the end of the first book, but the war lasts the entire trilogy. I knew when I was writing Destroyer what the rough plot for book 2 and 3 were, but I’ve continuously refined them as I write.

  • Thank you, Chris for sharing so much of your time and fantastic information.

    Your write 5000 words book and app have kicked up my word count and I appreciate the push. And find your youtube really helpful.

    Maggie-Ann Midwood


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