Writing a screenplay: The Outline

TwelvePoint – Building the Outline

When you have a structure to move through, writing a screenplay it is a much easier task.

The outline is the backbone of your story and helps you creating a better plot, develop the characters’ arc, organise the timelines.

You can see the outline as the blueprint of your narrative. Step-by-step you build a chain of events that eventually will be filled with the actual dialogs and actions.

Sometimes you prefer to start writing right away, and that’s okay too, but in this post today we will take a closer look at how to create a story structure.

Writing an outline is common not only to screenwriting but also to theatre plays and of course, novels, this example can be easily transposed into any other type of script that you can create with TwelvePoint.

We developed TwelvePoint to provide  a flexible interface that will adapt to your specific writing style and support you in creating great outlines.

The outline in TwelvePoint is something that you have always under your control, you can move from scenes to paragraphs and always keep your eagle-eye view on the story. It does not matter how long you screenplay is going to be, you will always be able to focus on the right section.

With TwelvePoint for iOS, for example,  you can ‘manipulate’ your story with your fingers, swipe left or right , re-arrange the paragraphs, the scenes, the acts. The filters help you to control the content, verify what you have written, about a character, at a specific location, etc.

TwelvePoint for macOS brings the editing to another level. Drag&Drop the elements of your story like you move files through folders. Assign titles, notes, relationships with other elements. Everything is available just with a click. Move from Acts level to paragraphs to see the whole picture.

Minimalist is important.

When writers type, they want to focus on the story not on the window menus, buttons, etc. TwelvePoint provides a minimalist interface that can be assembled the way you need. It follows your writing style.

Let’s see an example… (from a classic)

The Odyssey

In this screenplay, we started from an idea: the war is finished and our hero is going to begin a completely new journey, it will return home  but not before having experienced a number of adventures.

We start separating the story in three Acts: The Beginning, The Journey, The Way Back.


Then we start adding more details, the scenes: The war is finished, The hero is at the beach, etc.


When we are happy with the sequence, with start adding some placeholders for actions and dialogs; later on, we will add the real text.


This is just an example of how TwelvePoint with its minimalist interface makes you focus on the things you need to focus on.

Notice that in this example we chose to write a Movie Script but the exactly same structure can be done for a Theatre Play or a Novel.

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Screenwriting with TwelvePoint: The French Standard


Screenwriting comes with a strict set of rules that need to be applied during writing or when publishing your script (e.g. use only the font: Courier 12pt or all capital letters for character’s name first appearance).

The set of rules applied, generally depend on the country or on the studio you want to publish.

The French standard is another popular format.

Like in the American Standard, each page needs to describe one minute on the screen.

The actions take the whole width of the page while the dialogs are presented in the bottom right corner, left aligned.

Writing with the French Standard with TwelvePoint

TwelvePoint is flexible enough to adapt to almost all the kind of layouts used in the industry. The French standard can be turned ON/OFF in the project settings and you can choose among some predefined structures for the scene heading.

If you are sending your script to different studios with different layout requirements, there is no need to rewrite the screenplay; just switch on/off the custom layout and you are good to go.

Any questions?
Do not hesitate to contact us at : ask@morepaths.com
We will be happy to hear your opinion and feedbacks
Official site: www.twelvept.com