There’s an awful lot of “How To Write A Good Outline” info out there, not only on the web but also in books. The section on outlining in our very own LB’s Television Writing from the Inside Out comes to mind. But until we can get him to condense the info and put it on this site, here’s what we believe to be the next best thing….
It is a good article, but the muncher is right. A more thorough discussion of outlining specifically as it relates to television and film scripts has been long overdue here. So I’ve slaved night and day re-examining the whole “story-breaking” process and coming up with the latest of what I like to call (probably because I’m too lazy to think of a better title) our TVWriter™ Writers’ Bulletins.
Based on (think “riffing off”) 40+ years of writing, writing, and more writing aided and abetted by material in my book (so buy it already!) Television Writing from the Inside Out, and supplemented just a bit by the “Ask the Television Expert” section I created for Final Draft Screenwriting software, plus various assorted augers and omens, Writing the Dreaded Outline is waiting for you here.
Hope it helps you as much as following its patterns has helped me over lo! these many years.