Ten Things to Help With Outlines
Freeware caution: always scan free downloads of anything for bugs and other threats before dumping the programs into your hard drive.
1. Fill in the blanks with Writing.com's Blank Novel Outline.
2. Rob Parnell uses the 1-10 method of outlining in his article Building Novel Templates.
3. The folks who created Compendium concept mapping freeware just released v. 1.5.1 in beta.
4. Organize Your Novel by S.L. Bartlett had a neat suggestion about creating a "Wall of Rogues" to help the writer visualize characters.
5. Need to outline during your lunch hour? Read Alicia Rasley's article, Outline Your Novel in Thirty Minutes.
6. Yours Truly's Single Novel Plotting Template.
7. Scene by Scene: A .pdf version of ScreenwritersWorkshop.com's The Step Outline: Getting to the Barebones of Your Idea can be downloaded here.
8. Topicscape mind mapping software offers a free trial version download, as does MindApp and, for Mac users, Tinderbox.
9. For the Linux users out there, try the digital notebook capabilities of Alexander Theel's TuxCards freeware.
10. But it's not mandatory: check out Crawford Kilian's post Writing Without an Outline.
Finally, folks keep e-mailing and asking me for this link: World Check, my post and outline on how much worldbuilding I do for a novel.