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Build an outstanding outline every time! The Fool Proof Outline can help anyone quickly go from idea to 1st Draft. How? By elaborating parts of a story that matter most to you and your readers. By offering an organizational system that keeps your head clutter-free. By taking the fear and frustration out of writing. The Fool Proof Outline is filled with just the right amou Build an outstanding outline every time! The Fool Proof Outline can help anyone quickly go from idea to 1st Draft. How?By elaborating parts of a story that matter most to you and your readers.By offering an organizational system that keeps your head clutter-free.By taking the fear and frustration out of writing.The Fool Proof Outline is filled with just the right amount of brainstorming prompts, both challenging you to engage readers emotionally and propelling your novel toward completion. Character, plot, and scene questionnaires are also included to keep you focused one step at a time.Even the most seasoned writer will appreciate the Fool Proof Outline, yet it offers an ease-of-use that will benefit writers of every level.The ebook contains a link to the Fool Proof Outline in both Scrivener and Excel. If you’ve been considering Scrivener, this is a wonderful place to start!You'll also get access to the Fool Proof Outline's online site, where you can ask questions and share your success. No registration necessary. The Fool Proof Outline is the result of an incredible evolution far beyond my earlier outline template, The Ultimate Novel Template. Those familiar with that early version will shout with joy at the improvements. I do!...

Title : fool proof outline a no nonsense system for productive brainstorming outlining drafting novels
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ISBN : 35115406
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fool proof outline a no nonsense system for productive brainstorming outlining drafting novels Reviews

  • Karrar
    2019-04-30 20:39

    I do not know what to say about this book. the summary is the author prepare a template for outlining so you can import it or download it and made a book about this template. Which is a waste of time. An advice just download the template and skip the rest of the book. To be fair it has some useful questions. Just basic questions do not get excited. I am disappointed.

  • Kilby Blades
    2019-05-10 22:36

    This book had some good advice and a couple of the question prompts were valuable. Though the idea of a template was a good one, the execution was off. If I choose to use this templates (which I may not because they're hard to use) I found myself thinking that I'd have to recreate it from scratch with some tweaks that would make it better--specifically, formatting, readability and navigation were all issues, and there underutilized features in Scrivener that would have made it a lot more organized and intuitive.However, my main gripe is that this book really isn't right for every genre. It's certainly not right for romance and it's probably not right for subtler, literary, fiction; I doubt you'll love his advice unless you're invested in the common, cookie-cutter structures that we see everywhere. The craft advice was rather blunt, skewing towards things contrived and sensationalistic. The author really pushed the idea of adding twists, turns, and tension at every turn. Tension is necessary to any good book, but on some level, it is the desperate, overused tool of authors who don't have mastery over the other areas of craft that make a book good. In this sense, the constant advice in this direction felt like either a crutch, or again something that may have been very specific to whatever genre the author himself writes in.At the 50% mark, the author himself acknowledges that this book is problematic for romance in particular and that he's in the midst of writing another outline manual for romance novels. My feeling is that he's understating the book's shortcomings (again, it's not just the romance genre that this book ignores). It would have been nice if he'd said that in the intro. It felt non-transparent to make readers slog through 50% of the book before saying "By the way, I realize this advice is severely deficient to at least one genre". The author simply doesn't admit that this is a good outline manual for a certain kind of book but that the advice isn't universal.

  • Juneta Key
    2019-04-23 22:57

    Practical, in-depth and a book I will continue to return and refer to.

  • Anne
    2019-05-12 20:34

    I really love his method of outlining. The Scrivener template is also a timesaver.

  • Kait Carson
    2019-05-18 21:48

    The hardest part of writing is finding techniques that work for you. I am a pantser by inclination, but I know it slows me down. I discovered Rachel Aaron's 2k to 10k book and incorporated many of her suggestions, and I became addicted to Literature and Latte's Scrivener program. Both have become part of my regular routine. Christopher Downing's book seems like the next logical step in that progression. His book even offers templates that work in Scrivener. I'm so excited about bringing my next book to life using his suggested plan that I'm thinking of giving up sleep tonight and digging in!

  • Marsha
    2019-05-19 03:47

    If you are an outliner use this book to get your project started.If you are a "pantser" use this book to revise your project.

  • Michael Dickson
    2019-05-12 01:41

    Very detailed and well articulatedHow have I missed this book over the last few months? This book helped me understand so much more about novel structure and plot.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-29 03:00

    A lot of the content in this book is stuff I've read in other writing craft books or know from experience, but having the Scrivener template to work with as I was reading the book was actually super helpful. It turned this into less of a writing craft book and more of a workbook for outlining a novel. I've always considered myself a pantster when it comes to fiction, but getting serious about it and really reflecting made me realize: I'm a very successful freelance nonfiction/ghost writer, and I outline all of that. I just needed something to help me get my own process down for outlining fiction.I took some of Downing's advice and skipped some, but overall, this was a decent book that came with a helpful template.

  • Jen Ponce
    2019-04-20 19:40

    Fantastic book. Well worth the price.This book is worthy of five stars because it delivers what it promises. The author walks you through every step, provide you with tons of examples, and even gives you tools to use when you start writing your own outline. This book gives me hope that I can go from being a pantser to a plotter, without giving up the discovery writing that I enjoy so much. If I remember, I will update this review in 6 months when I've written three novels using his method.

  • Shirley Morrow
    2019-04-23 21:57

    Start here if you want to be a writer.Christopher, really brought things together for me with this book. He makes clear an outline that can be used for writing on all levels. In college I hated the outline. I would write my paper first then pull together an outline that was, eh, and hope for the best grade possible.I totally recommend this boook for high school and college students, or for people such as myself that want to write but are not sure where to begin.START HERE!

  • Myrascott
    2019-04-20 19:33

    Solid adviceA solid plan for brainstorming and outlining a novel. I found it very helpful. Struggling to get from point a to point b has always been hard for me- I believe this method will help

  • Rebecca Chen
    2019-05-20 03:44

    Fool Proof OutlineFool Proof Outline, by Christopher Down was full of helpful topics but did not go as in depth as hoped. The book is very short and could have given a bit more of his valuable instruction. I look forward to future books and will check out Fool Proof Dictation.

  • Deb Osorio
    2019-05-07 01:37

    usefulwhat goes in a novel outline and questions to ask yourself. I found it helpful and it was easy to read.