It's titled the way it is, because my goal is to have a 10,000 word outline. It can really be however long you want it to be. Call it the 100,000 word outline for all I care. You just have to write more. It depends on the size of your world, the ideal length of your novel, the amount of characters, and a bunch of other things.
The 10,000 Word Novel OutlineCharacter:
- 1 sentence description (must be 20 words or less) and motivation for every character ever mentioned
- physical description for every character mentioned
- names for every character
- paragraph descriptions for characters that affect the plot in a large way
- Meyers-Briggs personality: Here are a links to a test if you don't know what the types are: Test 1 I just figure out the letters.
- "Note Card" - I'll make a post of what this is later this month.
- Family Relations
- list (and organize by city in my case) every place that shows up in plot (I wrote scene list first...)
- 1 sentence description of setting (20 words or less)
- 5 senses list for each setting
- A Note On Setting Outlining: This is what I would have liked to do as I began planning the settings of the story. However, I ended up just listing and organizing all the places, then just describing the place. The more specific the place, the more I wrote.
List every scene that will happen in the novel:
- side notes of what is happening in other parts of the world if important to know
- characters involved in each scene
- place the scene takes place
- 1 sentence description of the scene (still 20 words or less)
- notes of quotes, descriptions, etc. that should be included in the scene
- divide into chapters if you want
If I draw a blank, I usually just highlight the piece that needs to be detailed more in the document and I'll come back to it later.