Hi, I'm Lianna.
I know some writers are just naturally pantsers...but I am definitely one who needs some sort of an outline. I think my writing style falls somewhere between an outliner and a pantser. I don't use too much of a detailed outline unless it's NaNoWriMo. But I do use a basic outline normally because I need to keep track of all of all my ideas in one place.
Whatever type of outline you prefer, here are three effective ways to outline your novel
The Basic Outline
This is for those of you who like to have a basic outline to keep track of what's going on but you like to just be a pantser for the rest.
The In-Between Outline
This one is not as basic as the first one but definitely not as detailed as the detailed one. I think I've found that I like this one best.
The Detailed Outline
This one is a lot more detailed for those of you who just have to have an outline and you can't stand writing without one.
As you can see in the picture below, there are two parts to this outline. The first part lets you write all the parts and acts to your novel (you can even go deeper if you want and add all the plot points and pinch points but I kept it simple for mine.)
The second part lets you keep track of your chapters and each scene that takes place in each chapter.)
For each scene, you write the setting, the POV, the characters in it, and then what happens in the scene.
I think that this detailed outline is a great one to use if you're participating in NaNoWriMo because you always know what comes next and you won't get stuck on what to write as much. I'm definitely going to be using this one for NaNo this year.
Are you a pantser or an outliner? Or in-between like me? Let me know in the comments! xx