S2/E15: The Inside Outline by Jennie Nash
Hi Welcome to season two episode fifteen of the rookie redder. Show I'm h-share Brown and I'll be your host today. We're going to be looking at a class again. This one's called the inside outlined by Johnny. Nash it's available through the company's website. Jenny NASHES Company's website author accelerator. They use the teachable platform. Which is super easy to use. And I'm a huge fan. I have seen Jenny and many women are free and paid. She's great about getting involved with organizations like women's fiction writers of America She never fails to deliver. She is the author of nine books in three genres and has sold more than one hundred thousand copies of her books. She's now using those experiences to help other authors as a book coach and in addition she's created a whole platform for training and helping other people interested in becoming book coaches through her company. The aforementioned author accelerator so she suggests that nurturing authors as they wrote their books used to be baked the traditional publishing process Think like F Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. And the editors that they worked with but this has since been squeezed out of the traditional publishing process. And of course India authors have never been able to count on the support of team automatically assembled around them so authors are increasingly building their own support structures by hiring their own editors their own publicist. And yes the rumble coaches. Nash says a good book coach is a combination of the following things. They're an artistic mentor. Third they're a project manager there. An editor support staff there sometimes therapists and if you go to the author accelerators website when he hit the landing page. You're asked to choose between the following. I WANNA BE. A book coach. I want to write my best book. From there. You'll navigate to a different set of options that will lead you to tools and classes meant to support your goals. Whichever they are. Some of these tools are free like the email based class that you're offered when the pop up comes when you arrive on the website and others are paid I was able to secure this week's class for free. That was a bargain because I think it's usually a hundred and fifty bucks or something on a promotion that Jenny offered in response to the corona virus shelter in place orders that most of the country's under With the usual caveat that there's a lot more to this class that I'm able to cover here. Here are my three things from the inside? Outline number one rules of the inside out one. You've probably come across a number of other plotting and outlining methods that have different beats at different points along three structure. This is different from that For starters she's very prescriptive about the physical space that your outline. We'll take up so the basic rules of the in initial inside outline. Are these no more than three pages? Long No more than three lines per bullet point one inch margins doublespace twelve point five. So she's like I said very prescriptive. The reason for this is after working with hundreds if not thousands of authors. She's observed that oftentimes authors will get lost in their own outlines with too much detail. It makes it difficult to see the proverbial forest for the trees so limiting yourself to these hard and fast rules about length will help that so plan on an opening closing and probably around ten scenes or less in this outline. Okay the next one number to each scene will have two parts. I can't summarize it any better than Jay Nash. Herself does so here ago. Going to quote her. The inside outline is a bullet point list where each bullet point describes a major action of the story. What happens and is paired. With a second bullet point the describes why it matters to the protagonists. The first bullet point is the scene and the second bullet point is the point of the scene. She calls these sets tears. So taking this top view of sorry And quote taking this top view of not. Only what happens but why it matters will help you keep track of both the emotional arc of the story and the events that are happening to the characters to create the conditions that are causing that emotional arc. Okay number three. The foot bone is connected to the ankle bone. The ankle bone is connected to the leg bone so even without the other scenes. Keep your eye on cause and effect with the major scenes. Each set of bullet points must caused the next here in some way in Q. Session Nash went on to add that. If your book has a story told in a non chronological way create to inside out once once chronological and one. That's the way the reader will experience your story so make sure they both make sense. Here's your hack. No one puts baby or they're inside outline in the corner. This tool is not something. You'RE GONNA WANNA do once and put to the side. It's not a one and done so after you've used it to sketch out the big picture of your story that you're telling while simultaneously Testing it for residents. Then you can flush it out to keep track of all the scenes in your book or you can use it to help solve a problem. When you get stuck you can use it during revisions. It will always help you. Sort of keep your foot on the rail ts. One of my favorite quotes from blazing saddles always good. Keep your foot on the real okay. Here's the quote from Jimmy. This week when novelist talk about outlining. They almost always mean outlining the plot. The result tends to be densely intricate grids. That lay out the details of what happens next. I've seen a great number of these kinds of grids and they always make my stomach hurt. I know how much time they take to make. And how much effort and ails infrequently? They guide the writer to where they need to go. The reason plot grids always leave out the most important part of the story which is the why and the meaning behind anything. That happens the inside outline. Lets you marry the two together and gives you an easy way to get down the key elements of your story? Andrew plot without ringing the life out of either end quote so. I love Jd Nash. I don't know her well. I've just barely interacted with her. She seems so kind and warm. But she combines a lot of experience and expertise and like. I said a warm approachable vibe and as I said before. There's a good bit more here than what I'm able to highlight on this episode. There's another whole lesson within the class about the one page book summary which is also incredibly helpful. What you think and Adam minimum whether you're fiction or a nonfiction writer definitely check out author accelerator DOT COM to pick up some excellent free tools and courses or visit Jenny. Nash Dot Com for this free resource entitled my top ten tips for writing a book worth reading. It's awesome it contains tools like the pdf how to commit to a book idea case. You're wavering. On that there are lots of other things besides that she gives away a lot of stuff for free if you WANNA check out some other author accelerator courses for writers. Currently they have a writing course bundled that has three courses bundled together for discount blueprint for a book fiction and Memoir versions self study the story Genius Workshop With Lisa. Kron how to revise novel navigating the path of publishing how to write a query letter. The pitch track fiction and nonfiction versions and finally the outcome outline for nonfiction writers. I hope this was helpful to you next week. 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