The basic three act structure is not the only way to outline. Aside from the basic three act structure, I’ve found three other very helpful methods of writing an outline. Each is articulated in three different books on writing:
Introduction of HOPE ALLERD. She guides an intern as he intubates a dying patient, saving his life. Hope is cool, confident, and
On rounds the residents and fellows are all in awe of DR FRANICS PERIL, all except Hope. When other residents and fellows
are stumped by Peril’s Socratic questions, Hope answers them with ease. There is also a sexual tension between she and
Peril obvious to all except Hope. Also on rounds is LESLIE "LURCH" BRIGHTWELL, Peril’s constant companion and lab
He’s tall and very scary looking. One resident seems particularly put out by Hope's showing off (this is Marcia).
Police find the body and begin their investigation into the murder.
Hope and Peril discuss her starting work in his research lab. He sees a “bright future” for her as an assistant professor in the
University upon completion of her fellowship
You’re not confined to one way of outlining. I recommend looking into different ways of constructing that novel outline to see which suits you best then start writing.
Next time I’ll discuss how two famous writers approach outlining.