What Happens When You Answer 3k Questions in 10 Days

Oh my word! Guys! I just finished outlining the fiftieth scene of Warfare Book I! My entire scene outline is 27k! ?


For each scene, I had to be aware of sixty questions. 60 x 50 = 3,000. And in ten days, I finished every single scene.

I literally thought I wasn’t going to be able to finish until the end of November, which was my goal. But I finished early! Now I can devote a few more weeks to research than I thought I was going to be able to get.

Now. *rubs hands evilly* Time to go down a day-by-day review of outlining those fifty scenes so I can shove some snippets down your esophagus!

Snippets are in quotes like these.

Day 1: November 9

Scenes Outlined Today: 1
Scenes Outlined Total: 1
Main Song Listened To: Dystopia Cinematic Underscore by Keith Anthony Holden

Yes. One. A measly one scene. I had to answer sixty questions for it, remember. My first time doing it.

Decision: As urged via Tori so Ari will leave her alone, go talk to Kira about her reluctance with the Masatoshi assassination.

You can actually view the entirety of my first three outlined scenes here!

Day 2: November 10

Scenes Outlined Today: 4
Scenes Outlined Total: 5
Main Song Listened To: Praise Over Problems by Planetboom

Ah, yes. Something better than a measly one. That’s more like it.

Rasako winces. “Better prison’s torture than my master’s torture.”

Technically, you’re not supposed to do any actual writing in the scene outline, besides maybe an appropriate line or two of dialog or description you think will work great. But… I’d spend fifteen minutes writing an awesome part just to get an idea of the scene’s feel. >:)

And that song, Praise Over Problems? I bought it that day. I think it’s the theme song for my entire ministry as well as this blog. Be sure to pay attention to the ♪ the enemy’s under my feet  line, and you’ll see what I mean. And click that link to check out the sample on iTunes. Then buy it.

Day 3: November 11

Scenes Outlined Today: 3
Scenes Outlined Total: 8
Main Song Listened To: Praise Over Problems by Planetboom

Hinoki has never seen shinobi before, much less caught one himself. Ari huffs. “You have [i]not[i] caught me.”

He comes up to her cell, and Haduson is all like, “Dude! Kiss him and grab the keys!”

“I’m doing you a favor. They treat you better here than Maruko will.”

I couldn’t get enough of Praise Over Problems. I listened to nothing else on days 2 and 3 while outlining. Because I looped it so much, my brain tuned out the lyrics, which are usually distracting for me when a song is new. After I’ve gotten used to a song, though, I can work pretty well with the words.

Day 4: November 12

Scenes Outlined Today: 9
Scenes Outlined Total: 17
Main Song Listened To: Praise Over Problems by Planetboom

He [Shirasu] gives half a smile. “It’s a hard concept to grasp, dying at only forty.”

Foreshadows: His DEATH. *Daraiasu’s. Hinoki will not be doing any physical dying. (Emotional, tho… >:))

Tori slaps him in the face. “Kunoichi warriors, idiot. We’re under Code same as you.”

Sorry. There are just so many quotable… quotes.

Day 5: November 13

Scenes Outlined Today: 6
Scenes Outlined Total: 22
Main Song Listened To: Praise Over Problems by Planetboom

At this, he releases his hold, and Ari stays kneeled by his side, unable to breathe. Did she just kill a man?

Hinoki laughs, too. “You have no idea what you just asked.”

Emotional Arc End: Strategic. ?

Emotional Arc Beginning: Sneaky. Determined.

Goal: Get information abut gang of larcenists that the host’s son is a part of.

Conflict: Hinoki has noticed she is anxious to get away from him and thinks she’s trying to escape. And he has to look casual as well, and not dancing with his date looks really suspicious. So they dance. >:)

Whoops, now I’m just spoiling things.

Day 6: November 14

Scenes Outlined Today: 3
Scenes Outlined Total: 25
Main Song Listened To: If You Say Go (Grapishsoda Remix) by Blanca

Just when I got a wee bit tired of looping Praise Over Problems for an eternity, I bought another song. It’s so beautiful. It fit a lot of Ari’s scenes and personality. As I mentioned I do in this post, I imagined a lot of Warfare music videos to it, set in books IV-V. ?

So he saves her, even risks his life for her, and takes her back to Seishin and co., where’s she’s captured again! Yay. *applauds*

Ari enters and asks about who he was, and after conversing for a little while, Hinoki almost kills her again.

Yimata stays out of it, for the most part, just watching. Then she gives Ari a piece of advice. “Are you going to let him kill you or are you going to do more than defend yourself?”

“I wasn’t trained to fight back. That’s not what I do.”

“That’s not how you fight a samurai, either.”

Oops, the spoilers. Moving on.

Scene #21—Hinoki Gives Ari a Reason to Hate Him

Oh, this scene is amazing.

“You tried to kill me.”

Hinoki grabs her clothing again and slams her against the wall. “You thought that was trying to kill you?” His dark eyes stab hers with a fury she can literally feel the heat of through his breath on her neck. “That was [i]nothing[i].”

But then humble Seishin crouches down to her and extends a hand to help her, and Hinoki is horrified. “No—master—I’m sorry, I’ll do it.”

But Ari takes Seishin’s hand instead of Hinoki’s and wipes her sleeve over her bleeding forehead. She dips her chest in a small bow. “Sir.”

He smiles at her. “My office, both of you.”

Day 7: November 15

Scenes Outlined Today: 5
Scenes Outlined Total: 30
Main Song Listened To: If You Say Go (Grapishsoda Remix) by Blanca

Scene #23—Hinoki Uses “Training” As A Excuse for Beating Ari Up

Heartbreaking, I assure you.

She’s a fool to fight against Hinoki. She’s going to die. Hinoki laughs. “Are you seriously crying? Do they train you like toddlers at your academy?”

He crouches down to her. “You pray to God?”

Ari hides her face from him even more. “If I confess I believe in the God of the Christians, will you kill me?”

Foreshadows: The fight moves used in the Climax so she doesn’t DIE.

We get the awesome foreboding feeling through tone and suspicion and SAHJFASDKLMF foreshadowing that something EPICALLY AWESOME AND HEHE SECRET and BAD is gonna happen.

Ari draws her sword in anger, not sure if she wants to swing it or not. Hinoki catches his breath and laughs, but he steps back and into the training yard. “What, is your sensitive soul going to try to hit me with that? What did I ever do to you?”

Ari looks away, hatred rising up to her heart and making it pound against her chest. “You made my master give up on me.”

Decision: Engage Hinoki in a fight to the death.

Yeah, real smart decision, Ari. A woman of your size against a man of his? *shakes head*

Day 8: November 16

Scenes Outlined Today: 4
Scenes Outlined Total: 34
Main Song Listened To: The Sickness (feat. Jordan Powers) by GAWVI

Really, really sad song, by the way. Imagined the most heartbreaking Warfare music video to it, featuring one of my characters with the most haunting backstory, Kira. But it was so dramatic and PERFECT. More perfect for Kira (♪ I need You to save me from myself ♪) than most of the scenes, but the dramatic sound of it fit well. And I love dramatic music. So I bought it. Much fun.

Through the way Hinoki’s voice trembles, I think he’s crying, too. “I blamed you for something you did not do. God judge me for it.”

My breath comes out in desperate gasps, but my sobs gradually slow. “If I could bring him back to you, I would.”


No spoilers.

Emotional Arc End: Ready to conquer. (you and me / we found adventure / I never dreamed that you would change my world forever / but here we are / I’m ready to conquer AWWW HINARI.)

Okay, just that one. Adventure by Matthew Parker is one of their theme songs. It fit perfectly with that scene.

Conflict: They run into Sir Creepy. Also known as Le Creepy Dude, also known as Mr. Creepy, also known as Creepy Guard the First. You know, we should really just shorten his name to Creepy.

The guards laughs. “Your wife? Last time I checked, she was single.”

“She’s actually not.”

“You’re just saying that to keep her from me. I know warriors like you aren’t allowed to marry.”

“If I see you again, I’ll crack your head.”

Sometimes I just want to say that to my little brother when he leaves my room to let me work on my scene outline in silence. ?

(Just kidding.)

Decision: Treat him as her foe. She hates him now. But she appreciates his body heat. ??  Wow

Scene #29—Bunch of Prep at Castle and Meeting of Advisors and Bodyguards Also Le First Ambush and K & R’s Attempted Kill of Ari Also this Title is Really Long, LE FIRST AMBUSH.

“Oh yeah? And who’s going to fight by your side and save your life?”

Ari smiles at him and says nothing.

Day 9: November 17

Scenes Outlined Today: 11
Scenes Outlined Total: 45
Main Song Listened To: The Sickness (feat. Jordan Powers) by GAWVI

I can catch a whiff of Maruko’s hatred for me in the air, even though Rasako said it wasn’t personal. Maruko’s heart and soul have attempted to bleed their way into Rasako’s desires, even though they aren’t really his. He wants to do exactly what his master wants, just as I want to do what my master wants.

But his master won’t be getting what he wants today.

Hinoki gently puts his fingers to her neck to feel her pulse, then exhales deeply and strokes her hair out of her face. “I had forgotten you’re fighting personal battles with Maruko as well.

Emotional Arc End: Disappointed. What did I do to make me like nothing to him again?

Ari looks up at him, her cheek throbbing. “What’s wrong with you?” She says softly. “Are you my friend or my enemy? Or are you going to be caught between the two forever?”

(No, I don’t switch tenses in my actual writing. I’m going to write the book in first person, present, but some of my scene outline writing tests are in third person, present so I don’t dive in too deep into writing when I’m supposed to be just outlining.)

Our faces are so close, if I moved just a little closer, I could kiss her. But I don’t. I close my eyes and try not to wince. She’s worried about me. She should be worried about herself and what I’m about to do to her.


Hinoki tightly wraps his arms around her frame and crushes her against his chest. I want to say so much to her right now. Things like I’m sorry.

Woah, what was that? I switched tenses in the middle of the sentence? Why, yes, your powers of observation are remarkable.

 Disaster: Yes, but disaster. She escapes to the missions school, skips church uncomfortably again, but two days later on Tuesday, August 20, gets caught about to cut her vein with a blade, contemplating suicide. She’s slipped into depression. She’s given up. The little thief child comes to her and grabs her hand, shooting a confused glance at the dagger over my wrist. “Come play with me!”

Ari has changed soooo much from the third draft of Loyalty Book I you guys beta-read for me. She was a Christian then. But then I CHANGED HER. It’s making a much more powerful story, I promise. The devil is dreading the day this gets published.

The missionary’s wife smiles. “You’ve found out the source of your worth?”

Ari looks back at the children, then back at the wife with a hardened, stubborn gaze. “Not Christ.”

But Ari is a stubborn little cinnamon roll.

Hinoki stands before his master and doesn’t flinch. “How observant of you, sir.”

Seishin gawks. “Ajin’omoto, I order you to stay put.”

Hinoki simply bows his reverence. “With all due respect, sir;” he straightens and looks his master straight in the eye. “No.”

And apparently, so is Hinoki.

Let’s just pretend I actually don’t have bad posture.

Day 10: November 18

Scenes Outlined Today: 5
Scenes Outlined Total: 50
Main Song Listened To: Final Battle by Jeff Broadbent and Light Up (Yachtclub. Remix) by MUTEMATH

Today was a struggle to find music. I needed something epic and amazing for the final five scenes to outline; three scenes of Climax awesomeness and then two of Resolution AWWWWness.

Which poses a problem when you’re kind of picky about music.

I downloaded like twenty epic drama scores from my stock music source, AudioBlocks, but nothing fit the mood I wanted the Climax scenes to have. Everything fairly good was stuff I had downloaded years ago and it reminded me of certain memories instead of my story. Other things were too defiant and I-got-this, which I usually love, but Ari didn’t have this. Maruko is even stronger than Hinoki. If she’s pretty hopeless against him, she’s really hopeless against the antagonist.

But then I found it. Final Battle. Something new, something fresh, something I’d never downloaded before. And it was beyond perfect. So perfect I was dancing and humming while outlining!

Don’t laugh.

Okay, fine, I burst out laughing, too. I promise I’m 14, though I do realize I look 9. And yes, I was wearing a different outfit earlier today.

The point is that the song was perfect for my Climax scenes. Moving on.

“I’m going to give you a chance to stop hunting me down before I ensure that you’ll never be able to.”

Maruko is casual. “Oh, but I know you. You’re not the type to kill. You failed the assassination out of pure will.”

Ari clenches her jaw. “It would have been murder.”

“There’s about to be another one.”

Ari pulls her sword from her sheath. “It’s not going to be mine.”

How is this scene vital to the plot? ARE YOU KIDDING MEEE IT’S THE CLIMAX.

Dilemma: Does he accept the offer? Physical signs of him feeling tempted and under pressure. Sweat. This is killing him.

Decision: But Maruko is also killing Ari.



Maruko holds his hand out and shakes his head, gasps for breath escaping through his gritted grin. “No. Let her bleed to death right here.”

“Medics! Where are my medics? I need medics right now! She has minutes to live!”

Can’t spoil anymore. Not that it wasn’t already totally obvious she doesn’t die. Protagonists rarely die.

After the Climax scenes, I had to abruptly change my music into something softer to fit the AWWWWness of the Resolution, so I chose another one of Hinari’s theme songs: Light Up (Yachtclub. Remix) by MUTEMATH.


And just like that, in ten days, fifty scenes were outlined, twenty-seven thousand words were written, and three thousand questions were answered.


Why, I’m so glad you asked! Before you go, here’s what I’ll be doing next:

(I have two e-books to read for research, too.)


Were you part of the poor group that beta-read the third draft of Loyalty Book I back in March and April? I hope to God you were not.

I’m so sorry you had to read that unresearched mess. (Not to mention it wasn’t outlined, had no plot at all, no theme, purpose, point, and no character arcs.) If by any chance you want to beta-read Warfare Book I come May 2018, I can promise you a thoroughly researched novel.

Remember the logical method I use to kick writer’s block’s butt? Because of what the plot requires, this is a re-imagination of the Edo period in Japan. I got super frustrated during writing my scene outline because I knew this is wrong, these characters aren’t historically supposed to be here, this isn’t historically what they did. I lost my motivation for continuing the scene outline because of all the problems.

But never fear, logic is here! I quickly used my third method of kicking writer’s block’s butt and typed up my problems and what I needed to do to fix them. ^ (I repeated what you see above with shinobi, too.) Whew! With my mind at ease, I could relax and continue with my plot and scene outline.

Only now I actually have to read and research and answer all those questions to fix the problems, which is much easier said than done.


Make that all the time.

Love you and am praying for you today! 

By |2018-01-15T11:56:13-05:00November 18th, 2017|Photography, Warfare, Writing|90 Comments

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I'm Madi: blogger, writer, doll collector, and minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Learn more about me here and this blog here.


  1. Mya November 19, 2017 at 12:10 am - Reply


  2. blackiesunshine November 19, 2017 at 4:06 am - Reply

    Madi you adorable little cinnamon roll. You do not look like you are nine. You like like a cinnamon roll.

    Sorry, had to get that out of the way.

    First of all, if I am not on the alpha/beta/whatever greek letter fits reading list for this, GO WRITE ME DOWN NOW BECAUSE I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TAKE THE SUSPENSE ANY LONGER IF YOU DON’T. I don’t get hyped for a lot, but I am hyped about your book. Because I want so badly to reads it and see how much of a cynical cinnamon roll Hinoki is.
    (which is my way of saying that i want to ship him and my other charries and myself – no, NOT YOURSELF, TESS, because he is a fictional character first off, and second off, even if he actually had lived, he’d be dead by now. the hard life of hist fict lovers.)

    Second of all, engaging people in fights to the death is always a good option. Why would you say it was a bad decision? LOL

    Third of all, you are awesome, and have been more productive in your plotting than I have been in my writing. So you are thus very epically awesome, possibly even an Epically Awesome Adventure Guy level of awesome. Keep it up.

    Fourthly: the epic thing I have done recently is what I just did. I wrote 3k in ONE NIGHT. LOL THIS IS SO AWESOME THIS FEELS SO AWESOME WHEN I GROW UP I WANNA BE LIKE MADI AND DO A 20K DAY.

    Keep up the awesome.


    • Madi November 19, 2017 at 11:30 am - Reply

      ?? Oh my gosh, that made me laugh SO HARD.

      First of all, HEHE OKAY. CONSIDER IT DONE. Awww, that means so much! I really hope you’ll like beta reading it.

      (Haha, don’t worry. I ship myself and Hinoki too! >:))

      I mean what seriously with my own character smh ?

      Second of all, so true. A very dramatic decision at that. But not smart for Ari since Hinoki could easily… kill her. XD

      Third of all, awwwwww! You’re so sweet and amazing! Literally, I always adore your comments, they never fail to make my day EVER. <3

      Fourthly: AHHHH A 3K DAY YAYYY! DO YOU HAVE ANY SNIPPETS... >:) And hehe, you should totally do a 20k day. It was super fun. >:D

      Awww, keep up the even-more awesome, Tess. <3 <3

      • blackiesunshine November 19, 2017 at 12:44 pm - Reply

        Alright, you get snippets, but only cuz you’re Madi. 😀

        She had woken him up only hours ago with a grunt that sent him plummeting from the fuzzy dream he’d been having. “What is it?” he’d groaned, squinting.

        “I feel like a teepee frame,” she’d said, turning over. “‘Cause I’m all stretched out.”

        And believe it or not, that is a direct quote from one of my sisters. Late nights will do a lot for funny quotes. 😛

        Dangerous ships are always more fun. Because one misstep could mean no more ship. *evil grin*

        I’m trying to make today a 20k day – since I started at 12:45 am this morning, I could still do it! Gotta write. 😀

        You have an awesome day, Madi, an awesome, awesome day.


        • Madi November 22, 2017 at 1:31 pm - Reply


          HAHA, that’s awesome! Late nights certainly do. XD

          Ooh, yes. >:)


          You have an even-more awesome day, Tess.

          • blackiesunshine November 22, 2017 at 1:45 pm - Reply

            No I did not but I did a 5k? *hides*

            • Madi November 22, 2017 at 2:00 pm - Reply

              That’s better than nothing!! 5k days are really hard for me to get sometimes. XD

              • blackiesunshine November 22, 2017 at 2:02 pm - Reply

                I’m gonna have to do 5 of them next week 😛 I’m going out of town tomorrow (CURSE YOU THANKSGIVING) and yeah.

                • Madi November 22, 2017 at 2:04 pm - Reply

                  OOH, AMBITIOUS. You can do it! (BAD THANKSGIVING). I really need to do a post on how to write during traveling. I’m on The WordPress Authoresses, btw!

                  • blackiesunshine November 27, 2017 at 2:45 am - Reply

                    Almost done with my first one. That Treasure Planet movie night I’m promising myself had better be worth it. 😛

                    • Madi November 29, 2017 at 5:49 pm

                      How are your 5k days going? 😀

                    • blackiesunshine November 29, 2017 at 8:02 pm

                      2/4 done. Working on my 3rd

                    • Madi November 30, 2017 at 9:54 am

                      AHHH AMAZING JOB. *cheers you on*

                    • blackiesunshine November 30, 2017 at 11:06 am

                      You’re so awesome and inspirational. Quit at 4k last night so I have to write 6k today to finish Nanowrimo. Letz do dis…

                    • Madi November 30, 2017 at 11:08 am

                      Awwwww, you’re so sweet and epic <3 AHH YOU GOT DIS. You can do it!!

      • Emmie November 25, 2017 at 3:26 pm - Reply

        Wow, 20k is like my entire word count goal. XDDD
        Yes, this is not my thread. #commentstalker Yes, I am not regretting replying to your reply. (ok now that just sounds weird. But that’s because *I* am weird.)

        • Madi November 25, 2017 at 6:07 pm - Reply

          Hey, that’s a great goal! XDD

          #CommentStalkersRock I stalk comments tooo! One time someone asked a question that the blog owner never replied to and four years later I come along and answer it for them. *nods*

          Weird people are the best. XD

          • Emmie November 26, 2017 at 8:46 am - Reply

            XDD Well, teeny tiny compared to your 100k you somehow mustered in Camp.
            #IKnowRight Yessss I thought I was the only one!!!! XD XD We comment stalkers must stick together. (haha)
            Yes. Yes I, I mean, um, weird people, which is definitely not me, are the best. XDDD

            • Madi November 29, 2017 at 5:45 pm - Reply

              Camp was insane. XDD

              AHAHA YES. Plus, comment-stalking is fun.


  3. Lizfromagh November 19, 2017 at 4:58 am - Reply

    Madi, that was fun! Haha, i understand the music struggle. I actually might have a few suggestions. … I can’t wait to read Warfare! I loved the what you called terrible first draft and i am sure i am going to love the edited Better than ever third draft! Good job and keep up the good work! -Liz from AGH

    • Madi November 19, 2017 at 11:31 am - Reply

      Thanks so much, Liz! Ooh, I’d love any suggestions you might have. And awww! Thank you SO much, that means so much! Thanks a million, Liz! <3

  4. agdolldreams November 19, 2017 at 7:37 am - Reply

    AWESOMENESS JUST AWESOMENESS MADI!!!! Congrats on beating your goal!!!! AWWWW HINOKI AND ARI ??????? ????

    • Madi November 19, 2017 at 11:32 am - Reply


      • agdolldreams November 19, 2017 at 11:34 am - Reply

        Madi! I’m working on reading HOTH to my little brother (season 3) AND HE KEEPS BUGGING ME AHHHH like he will not let me stop!!!! That’s how good it is EVEN TO A LITTLE BOY! well he would claim that he’s not little but whatever XDDD

        • Madi November 19, 2017 at 11:38 am - Reply

          AWWW, oh my goodness, really?! That makes me so happy!! I’m so glad he likes it, too! XDDD

          • agdolldreams November 19, 2017 at 11:39 am - Reply

            Yup! He hates reading out loud, and he actually read HOTH to me out loud!!! It’s a miracle… XDDD

            • Madi November 19, 2017 at 11:42 am - Reply

              Awww! That’s awesome! That makes me so happy. XDDD

              • agdolldreams November 19, 2017 at 11:43 am - Reply

                I’m glad. ???? I hope you’re having an awesome Sunday!

                • Madi November 19, 2017 at 11:43 am - Reply

                  I am! How about you? 😀

                  • agdolldreams November 19, 2017 at 11:45 am - Reply

                    Yup! I have to go eat lunch, but if you’re not busy, could you check out some of my new posts? ?????

                    • Madi November 19, 2017 at 11:48 am

                      Ooh, I’d love to! I’m so sorry I haven’t been commenting recently, my parents keep limiting my screen time and I’m barely able to get stuff done (like my scene outline was all I really accomplished this week). I’ll go check out your posts right now! 😀

                    • agdolldreams November 19, 2017 at 12:18 pm

                      Lol! Thanks! Yeah, I feel you.

  5. KaylynsWorldBlog November 19, 2017 at 8:07 am - Reply

    I am so sorry Madi, but I didn’t read all of your story! I just wrote a children’s book for preschoolers! If you want me to email you a pic of it I can! When I was reading through your story I loved it! You are a really great writer! I find myself on the computer for hours researching for facts for my projects in school.

    • Madi November 19, 2017 at 11:33 am - Reply

      That’s okay! Oh my goodness, I would love to see a pic of your children’s book! Aww, thank you sooo much, Kaylyn! Haha, yeah, research can take a while… XD

      • KaylynsWorldBlog November 19, 2017 at 3:14 pm - Reply

        Thank you so much! I will send you a pic. You’re welcome! Exactly!

  6. Chloë November 19, 2017 at 9:39 am - Reply

    WOAH GREAT JOB MADI *applauds* YOU DESERVE CHOCOLATE. *passes out barrels of chocolate*

    • Madi November 19, 2017 at 11:33 am - Reply


  7. olivehiddenhollow November 19, 2017 at 12:08 pm - Reply

    “Kiss him and grab the keys!” If it would get me the keys, I would not hesitate. ?
    And your posture is fine, mine is worse ?
    I made it halfway through before I lost it and laughed. Sorry. ? And last night I was with a big group of other homeschooled kids, and this one girl thought I was twelve. ???
    Accomplished something epic……yep! Last week I got an 800 page book in the mail at 2:00pm, and I finished it at 10:00pm the same day. New record! ? I also went to a book signing for the afore mentioned book, and met the author! It was awesome. ? (I sacrificed ninjago for it, and made my siblings not watch it either. #whostheboss)
    And talking about ninjago, start watching season six! My ship is sinking! But it will get better! But it’s still so stressful! And yes I am dead now! Thanks for asking! *hysterical laughter*
    Most crazily, ~Olive

    • Madi November 19, 2017 at 12:13 pm - Reply

      Same. ?


      Oh death ? mine is really bad, I was trying to sit up straight in the picture. XD


      Oh my goodness! That’s so epic!! That is so incredible. (HAHA. That’s awesome.)

      Ahhh I haven’t gotten to it yet! BUT I NEED TOOOO. And NO! I NEED YOU TO STAY ALIVE. GASP.

  8. EnniMorgan November 19, 2017 at 12:10 pm - Reply


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  9. Kendall November 19, 2017 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    Augh the snippets! I’m so excited!! O.O

    • Madi November 22, 2017 at 1:23 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much!!

  10. Bella November 19, 2017 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    Congrats!!! 😉 🙂 😀

    • Madi November 22, 2017 at 1:48 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much!!

      • Bella November 22, 2017 at 4:00 pm - Reply

        Of course!! 😉

  11. bookwormjulia November 19, 2017 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    Your book looks AMAZING and COOL and AWESOME! I demand that as soon as your book is published that I pay you money and you send me a signed copy. ?

    • Madi November 22, 2017 at 1:52 pm - Reply

      AWW THANK YOU SO MUCH! Haha, you got it! 😉

  12. Josie November 19, 2017 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    girl why u post while i’m away.
    ^no caps all caps haha I’m so weird
    CONGRATULATIONS. Hehe I will read the snippets when I’m finished with my fall weekend catch up.
    Dude, the Magic Tree House series was my life when I was younger. I recently finished my “first draft” scene outline. I like doing it in drafts, because it makes it easier to spot the plot problems/inconsistencies, i.e. my Collin-going-to-jail idea.

    • Madi November 22, 2017 at 1:53 pm - Reply

      girl why u post without telling me so I CAN BE FIRST. >:)

      THANK YOU. Hehe, okay. Not that I don’t already shove them down your throat on a daily basis. >:)

      HEHE COLLIN. Make things harder on him, too, because why not.

      • Josie November 22, 2017 at 1:56 pm - Reply

        You totally don’t do that. Ever. 😉

        • Madi November 22, 2017 at 1:59 pm - Reply


          Yeah, never. 😉


          • Josie November 22, 2017 at 2:01 pm - Reply

            We need to do a snippet war in the winter or whenever we’re both writing.

            • Madi November 22, 2017 at 2:03 pm - Reply


              We haven’t had one since Camp NaNo. We totally should!

              • Josie November 22, 2017 at 2:05 pm - Reply



                • Madi November 22, 2017 at 2:05 pm - Reply

                  SHOULDN’T HAVE ASKED.


                  • Josie November 22, 2017 at 2:06 pm - Reply

                    PROBABLY NOT.

  13. Clover November 21, 2017 at 2:31 am - Reply

    Hey, Madi! This is insanely incredible- I mean I love writing but I’m just not sure if I could do this!! Listening to music the whole way through it is such a good idea as well! Congrats!
    Ps. Love the blog 😀

    • Madi November 22, 2017 at 1:55 pm - Reply

      Hey, Clover! Aww, thank you so much! Oh, I totally bet you could! You just have to start where you are and work your way to do more and more. Thank you SO much, Clover!

      P.S. Thank you SO much for visiting! Do you have a blog? I’d love to visit, but the link you have didn’t work for me for some reason!

      • Clover November 22, 2017 at 3:38 pm - Reply

        You’re welcome! Thanks so much for the tips 😀 maybe I will start to try… 😉

        Yes, my twin sister, Sage, and I do have a blog. It’s called Coastal Twins. Here is the link: https://coastaltwins.wordpress.com

        • Madi November 23, 2017 at 1:16 pm - Reply

          Aww, you’re welcome! Oh, you totally should. 😉

          Ooh, you guys’ blog is EPIC!I just followed!

          • Clover November 23, 2017 at 2:59 pm - Reply

            Thanks so much! It means a lot 😀 <3

            • Madi November 23, 2017 at 3:10 pm - Reply

              You’re so welcome! <3

  14. Starling November 21, 2017 at 3:15 am - Reply

    Wow, you’re soooooooooo fast and good at this!

    • Madi November 22, 2017 at 1:56 pm - Reply

      Aww, thank you so much!

  15. silverfoxstudios November 22, 2017 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    I love this post, but I have a question, what 60 questions did you have to answer? And you actually inspired me to starting writing my novel the more, professional, way to write.

    • Madi November 23, 2017 at 1:23 pm - Reply

      There were sixty questions to consider for each scene in the Structuring Your Novel Workbook by K.M. Weiland, which I used to help me structure my novel and my scenes. I typed up each question. For the first scene, I literally went through every question and wrote out all the answers. But because I’ve been doing scene structure for months, I was answering all the questions subconsciously and by instinct so for each scene afterward I only used the sixty questions to double-check the structure of each scene, making sure I had answered them one way or another in the scene outline. Preparing myself for the scene outline by writing test scenes beforehand carved scene structure in my writer’s instinct helped make answering the 3k questions in my own subconscious a total breeze!

      Aww, that means so much! I totally recommend checking out helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com. That blog changed my writing life and has helped me take my novel places I never dreamed.

  16. agsparklesisters November 28, 2017 at 7:15 pm - Reply

    Hey Madi! We wanted to let you know that we nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award! You can check it out on our post this Friday! Be sure to keep an eye out for it!
    ~Tori, Bella, and the dolls

    • Madi November 29, 2017 at 5:54 pm - Reply

      Awww, thank you so much!! You guys are so awesome to think of me!

  17. Maddie December 1, 2017 at 9:49 am - Reply

    *reads post* *looks at my sad, sad wall of outline post it notes* *looks back at screen to see Madi’s 60 Question outline* *eyes bug out of head* Uhhhh Yeah. I got some work to do. XD WHY ARE YOU SO ORGANIZED?!? Good knight, I’ve got some catching up to do. I mean considering I was going to do Nanowrimo and I never wrote one word (not one). or the time I was going to create character sheets and a list of all the series of events and that didn’t happen either….AND HERE I AM LOOKING AT YOU AND YOUR BEAUTIFUL ORGANIZED OUTLINE!! Agh gosh I wish I could be that productive 😛 You go, Madi!!

    • Madi December 5, 2017 at 9:28 pm - Reply

      XDDD I’m pretty unorganized, this is the best I can do. XDD LOL XDD Thank you SOO much, Maddie, and best of luck with all your writing awesomeness too!!

  18. […] I finished my scene outline on the 18th, and now the weeks ahead of me promise days of perusing through my list of research books to read […]

  19. Zella The Writer December 18, 2017 at 7:15 am - Reply

    My comment refused to post for some weird reason….
    Battle Scene from Narnia:

  20. […] I wrote my 50-scene, 27k scene outline in ten days! It was such an epic experience. I documented it here. […]

  21. kirstyntodd January 22, 2018 at 6:56 pm - Reply


    • Madi January 24, 2018 at 5:24 pm - Reply


      • kirstyntodd February 1, 2018 at 11:37 am - Reply

        I CANNNNNNN?? YAAAAAYYYY!!!!! I can’t WAITTTT!! AWW really I make your day?! U SO SWEET

        • Madi February 1, 2018 at 6:16 pm - Reply


          • kirstyntodd February 2, 2018 at 5:25 pm - Reply


            R U SERIOUS?!

            Checking E-Mail!

  22. kirstyntodd February 1, 2018 at 11:49 am - Reply

    “With all due respect, sir;” he straightens and looks his master straight in the eye. “No.”


    • Madi February 1, 2018 at 6:16 pm - Reply

      ?? I can’t wait to write this part.

      • kirstyntodd February 2, 2018 at 5:26 pm - Reply

        I CAN IMAGINE.

        I LOVE THAT.

  23. Carlye November 1, 2018 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    You like wrote this almost a year ago and here I am, re-reading your old posts for help with my limp excuse of a novel. I’m wondering if you would recommend getting the scene structure workbook? If not, where did you get your questions?

    • Madi November 2, 2018 at 4:56 pm - Reply

      You’re on the right track — I have a ton of problems with my novel right now and am reading posts to help me with it too! Yes, I totally recommend getting the structuring workbook. It’s amazing. The scene structure questions are in the back. https://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/book/structuring-your-novel-workbook/

      • Carlye November 2, 2018 at 7:56 pm - Reply

        Great! Thank you so much and I hope it works out well for you as well!
        I’m actually writing a different novel instead of my ninja one, so we are going through the process again and hopefully it’ll end up better.

        • Madi November 3, 2018 at 3:25 pm - Reply

          Thank you, Caryle!

          I hope your new novel goes well!

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