Managing Your Story Outline

A fun sit-down with Gordy Hoffman, founder and judge of the BlueCat Screenplay Competition, answering questions from up and coming filmmakers and screenwriters. In this episode, Gordy talks about how to use your story outline. 

Story comes first.


The outline is a tool. If in the process of writing, you find yourself deviating from it, that’s ok. If your story and your characters are taking you to a different place and it feels natural, follow that instinct. Don’t let your outline be the driving force behind your writing. 


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4 Responses to “Managing Your Story Outline”

  1. Gary Tao Says:

    June 13th, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Thank you Gordy. This is where I am right now with another great story. I have recently taken some courses and though I stick to Michael Hauge’s structure and Synder’s, recently I have become miserable writing and in fact stopped for almost two weeks now. I loved it when it was a creative process.

  2. BlueCat Says:

    June 13th, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Just go back to your imagination. No one ever uses that word with screenwriting. Where is your imagination? You have it, go back to it and work from there.

  3. Chris Caleo Says:

    June 13th, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Gordy spot on as usual.

    Let the story show you the way. You can’t rope a tornado.


  4. Christopher Winter Says:

    June 13th, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Thank you for the advice Gordy! Keep it coming! As a new writer, I can use all I can get. In the last 9 months I’ve written 8 shorts and 2 features, but I still have no idea what I’m doing.

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