NaNoWriMo Outline Templates

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Last week, I wrote a post entitled "How to Prepare for NaNoWriMo Now," and one of the suggestions was to include some outlined templates to help your novel writing run smoothly. Below is the content you'll see in the templates. As you can see, they're quite simple—nothing artistic or colorful. Just wanted to keep things simple. Download the PDF by clicking the big button.


NaNoWrimo Basic Summary Outline

Fill this out, print it, and add it to your NaNoWriMo board above your desk (or wherever you write).

Book title:

Main characters:

Genre:

POV:

Tense:

Setting:

Year:

Word count goal:

Brief summary:

NaNoWriMo Detailed Character Outline

Basic:

Name:

Age:

Nationality:

Location:

Occupation:

Talents/skills:

Role in novel:

Relation to other character(s):

Physical Characteristics:

Height:

Weight:

Eye color:

Hair color:

Skin color:

Distinguishing features:

Mannerisms:

Habits:

Style:

Flaws:

Qualities:

Emotional Characteristics

Strengths:

Weaknesses:

Introvert or extrovert?

What does the character want out of life?

What would the character like to change in his/her life?

What motivates this character?

What frightens this character?

What makes this character happy?

In the Novel:

Character’s role in the novel:

Scene where character first appears:

Relationships with other characters:

  1. Character's name:
  2. Character's name:
  3. Character's name:
  4. Character's name:

Additional Notes on This Character:

NaNoWriMo Book Content Outline

Note: Not all listed will apply to each author; regardless, they are ordered according to The Chicago Manual of Style. Start with this skeleton and fill it in and delete what you don't need.

Title Page

Copyright Page

Dedication

Epigraph

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3…

Notes

Appendix

Glossary

Bibliography or reference list

Back matter

Detailed Plot Outline:

Think of this as if you were telling a close friend a detailed summary of your novel.

  • Beginning
    1. Place/event
      1. Characters involved in scenes
        1. Characters’ feelings about each event
  • Middle
    1. Place/event
      1. Characters involved in scenes
        1. Characters’ feelings about each event
  • End
    1. Place/event
      1. Characters involved in scenes
        1. Characters’ feelings about each event