The core of your outline consists of the six most important scenes of the story:
- The opening (includes the hook)
- The opening of act II
- The closing of act II
- The opening of act III
- The closing of act III
- The climactic scene (the ending)
Who are the people?
- Who are involved?
- Who is in danger?
What is the problem?
- Is there a threat/danger?
- Is there a (lack of) opportunity?
- Is there a mystery?
- What is the character trying to obtain?
Are there lacks/ threats to…
- physical well-being
The key points of the structure?
- How does the main character get involved in the problem? (act 1)
- Why can’t the main character ignore the problem? (act 1)
- What makes it worse and worse until the situation is dire? (act 2)
- What is the last attempt?(act 3)
- What surprises are in each act?
- What we thought was the problem, isn’t. Peel away extra layers.
- Problem becomes complicated
- Stakes go higher and wider in scope
- Plans fall apart, surprises, wrong turns, changing nature of the problem
- Specific immediate probably and significant threat
- A dilemma
- What does each character want?
- What is his motive?
- How can you twist it?
How is it interesting?
- special power
- special history
What are the points of conflict between characters?
- antagonist vs protagonist
- characters vs self (Flaws, handicaps)
- within the same team
- Danger / threats
- conflicts/ limitations to characters
- mysterious, peculiar, surprises
- geography and climate
- government and religion
- pleasure and entertainment
- stories / myths, fairytale
- culture and social values