Reverse Outlining to Gauge the Status of a Draft

Bookmarked A Visual Guide to a Reverse Outline by C.L. Polk (

107k Words. 76 Scenes. 16 Pages. What you’re looking at is an essential document for the complex operation that is transforming my first draft into a revised draft. It’s scary, isn&#821…

The color coding is a key – Green means the scene requires very little changing in order to fit in the first draft. Yellow means the scene is mostly ok but will definitely need tweaking for continuity and new details. Orange means the scene is probably going to change dramatically, but the bones will still be there. Red means this scene is headed for The Island of Misfit Words…

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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