A stack of 3x5 cards can be an invaluable part of the plotting process. If you are like me, you will use a stack of post-it notes. Or some writers just use a single sheet of paper. The choice is yours. Now follow your instinct. Start with the end, then the beginning, then the middle, [...]
The outline is a guide, as brief or detailed as you like. Don’t be afraid to expand and revise the outline even after you’ve started writing. You may find that once you start writing, an action will prompt you to think of another event or action that needs to happen later in the story. even [...]
The outline is your map. It holds the story’s secrets. List each major scene and sequence, and then write rough notes under each heading. Next, focus on the character’s internal journey, exploring both inner motivations as well as external behaviours. Once you have finished this, then take it line by line, fleshing out each scene [...]
Outlines are a great way to diagnose problems. If you sense a problem with the plot, write a summary of each scene on a card and move these around, reordering till you see a possible solution.
Are you writing a big story? Break it down. Break large into small. Break the story into bite-sized parts, making sure you understand the exact function of each piece. Don’t try to be perfectly. Write as well as you can dealing with just one small part at a time.