Scene Outline Spreadsheet

Hey writers! I’ve got another spreadsheet for you! This one is a simple Scene Outline Spreadsheet based on J.K. Rowling’s famous handwritten graph outline. And let’s face it, she did something right, didn’t she?


I used this format recently when working with my agent on revisions. It was a great way to create an overall view of the story and use it as an organized reference. The columns include:

  • Scene Number
  • Chapter Number
  • Timeline
  • Scene Name
  • Scene Description
  • Main Plot
  • 3 Subplots
  • Other

There is currently room for 100 scenes.


The red headings across the top are made to be adjusted to fit your specific project and once updated, will be reflected all the way down.

The spreadsheet is also made specifically with printing in mind. The headings sit atop every page and as long as you don’t overfill the boxes, will print that way. You can also print it blank and fill it in by hand.

TO PRINT: Go to Print or Print Preview and make sure the “Fit to 1 Page(s) Wide” checkbox is selected. Scroll through the pages to verify the headings are still on the top of every page. If not, double check that none of the rows have been overfilled. Then, you can print only the first pages that you need, depending on how many scene rows you’ve filled. Easy as that!

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Happy Outlining!

I am an author and a writing business teacher. I am also a mother of two, a wife, a businesswoman, a nature-lover, and a wannabe yogi. My debut women's fiction novel, PERFECTLY UNDONE, will be released on October 3, 2017. Here, I blog about my journey in publication in the hopes of inspiring others to follow their own dreams.

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