EPISODE 12: Outlining your novel with the skeleton draft method

Welcome to the Rage Against the Manuscript podcast. Skeleton drafting is the technique I use to plot intricate, action-packed, emotionally-charged books quickly, and enjoy myself during the process. I explain exactly how to use this technique, why it’s so powerful, and give you some examples from my books.


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In this episode:

  • Are you a plotter or a pantser? The two schools of thought on novel outlining.

  • Why plotting and outlining are the same process for every author.

  • What is skeleton drafting and why it’s awesome.

  • The secret sauce recipe for starting to write a novel.

  • Why you’re throwing Chekhovian guns all over the place.

  • Where does plot come from, and how to move a struggling plot forward.

  • What are set-pieces and how do they help you outline your book.

  • What’s in my secret second file of writing notes?

    “Characters drive plot. Otherwise, plot is just a bunch of shit that happens to people. And that’s not why we read books.”

    Steff Green

    Author of How to Rock Self-Publishing.

    If you've got a question you want to ask me about self-publishing or writing or building a career as an author, head over to the Rage Against the Manuscript FB group or email me steff@rageagainstthemanuscript.com and I’ll talk about it on a future episode. Happy writing! 


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