Many writers cringe when they hear the words PLAN and OUTLINE.

They say writing is an art and that outlines could limit one’s creativity. Some may even say that outlines originated within the iron chains of capitalism, or maybe it’s the patriarchy’s fault, no wait, it’s aliens, totally. Aliens want outlines, it’s their way of brainwashing us, they’re watching.


I’m one to think that knowing where you want to go with your story and how you will get there is effing important. Plus, it will save you a shi**load of time on re-writes.

Think of it this way: When you cross a road, you intend to reach the other side, usually by walking with your own two feet. And so it is with writing: You need to know where you’re going and how you’ll get there. Sure, you can change paths, or even follow a new route, but at least you knew from the start where you wanted to go.

That’s why I use a basic scene planner. You can download my template below. This is not a work of my own, these sheets have been used for writers since I don’t know how long. You can also find a bunch of other scene planners online and make one that’s better suited for you.

If  you’re a WORD fan, click here to download: SCENE PLANNER FOR WORD

If you’re an EXCEL fan, click here to download: SCENE PLANNER FOR EXCEL

(By the way, I’ve included a nice little example in these files to help you out)

Some people prefer making a general outline, but I’m not one of them. First, because I have the basic ideas in my head, and second, because I’ll put them in the scene planner anyway.  BUT, if you’re a big fan of general outlining, you can find some great stuff here.

And that’s all for today.

Oh, don’t forget, if you’re in London on the 17th of September, come to the Triskele LitFest and meet me in person! 🙂