Story Outline for Personal Narrative Project

Sunday (1)

10 AM: ALEC wakes up. Depressed as he’s just gone through a break up the night before.

3 PM: ALEC keeps replaying the events that led to the break up over and over and over again.

3 AM: Unable to sleep, ALEC struggles to figure out what went wrong. He blames himself for it all.

Monday (2)

11 AM: ALEC calls in to work. Not wanting to break down in front of co-workers, he takes all of his vacation days.

2 PM: ALEC begins a movie marathon in an attempt to cheer himself up.

1 AM: ALEC falls asleep with dreams of those he sees in the movies and how he wishes life could be like that.

Tuesday (3)

9 AM: ALEC awakes to a loud phone conversation in the other room. Startled, as he lives alone, he exits his room to find PATRICK talking loudly about his tanning appointment and lunch reservations.

11 AM: After PATRICK leaves, ALEC hears an extremely annoying laugh from outside. He goes out to discover TYLER making a makeshift birdhouse in the garage.

8 PM: ALEC notices a blinking red light from outside while he’s finished up the dishes. He discovers it’s RICKY filming him because he finds ALEC interesting. They talk for a while about life.

Wednesday (4)

12 PM: Struggling to deal with his emotions, ALEC turns to PATRICK for advice. PATRICK insults him and asks him why it’s so hard to get laid. He suggests a new wardrobe, also.

3 PM: Brainstorming ideas for getting his ex back, ALEC is suddenly joined by TYLER. Who suggests a very chaotic romantic gesture that makes ALEC’s palms sweat.

7 PM: ALEC and RICKY discuss the intricacies of what made ALEC’s ex so amazing. It only makes him more forlorn.

Thursday (5)

9 AM: ALEC finds a note pinned to the door from his ex. She needs to come by to get her things soon.

1 PM: ALEC comes to the realization that it’s going to be a struggle to make rent now with only one income. He begins brainstorming money solutions with PATRICK and TYLER.

6 PM: Finding PATRICK and TYLER’s suggestions unobtainable or insane, ALEC decides to talk to RICKY about it. He suggests illegal means of income, which ALEC refutes. RICKY then suggests a side job, like catering.

Friday (6)

10 AM: ALEC goes out searching for opening jobs. He looks through the paper, internet, etc. He finds an open catering job.

2 PM: He interviews for the catering job and gets it.

7 PM: Told he will begin tomorrow, ALEC is more hopeful than he has been all week. He’s excited to get out of the house, especially.

Saturday (7)

4 AM: ALEC wakes up to loud music in the living room. PATRICK is standing next to the stereo, preaching about the works of the artist while TYLER jumps around frantically in something that only vaguely resembles dancing. RICKY stands in the corner, filming.

1 PM: ALEC is nervous to start the catering job. He usually struggles with new people. PATRICK tries to supply some advice on mingling, but ALEC thinks the advice would actually work against him in his endeavor to fit in.

7 PM: ALEC shows up at the catering job. He meets his co-workers, including a girl he thinks is cute. TYLER causes trouble throughout the night.

Sunday (8)

6 AM: ALEC wakes up throughout the night, struggles with thoughts of his ex.

1 PM: ALEC leaves the house so his ex can gather her things. He goes to a park and talks with RICKY on one of the lakeside benches about all of the things she did that made him feel worse about himself.

9 PM: Back at the catering job, ALEC struggles from not only TYLER causing trouble, but also PATRICK.

Monday (9)

8 AM: ALEC wakes up to screaming. PATRICK is furious at TYLER for stealing his imported money clip and PATRICK is already running late for an important meeting. PATRICK grabs a knife and starts chasing TYLER. TYLER seems unfazed.

4 PM: ALEC and RICKY sit down to watch a movie. ALEC just wants to see something that will make him happy.

10 PM: ALEC awakens from a nap to discover that TYLER has destroyed every single satellite dish in the area during the MLB playoffs. His home city is playing and the neighborhood is going nuts. PATRICK thinks it’s hilarious.

Tuesday (10)

12 PM: Thinking it’ll cheer him up, ALEC agrees to go to lunch with PATRICK. It does not go well.

3 PM: The catering job calls and asks ALEC if he’ll fill in tonight. He agrees.

11 PM: After much destruction is done at the job (mostly from TYLER), ALEC can’t take it anymore. TYLER keeps egging him on, but ALEC cannot fight back. RICKY steps in and takes care of TYLER.

Wednesday (11)

9 AM: ALEC wakes up feeling a bit better, but physically drained. He and RICKY watch the recorded tapes from the catering job. ALEC finds himself constantly drawn to the girl he likes.

3 PM: ALEC’s parents find out about the break up. They call to make sure he’s okay.

1 AM: ALEC wakes up groggily to PATRICK being noisey downstairs with a female companion. PATRICK is very rude to ALEC and his partner doesn’t even notice ALEC.

Thursday (12)

8 AM: ALEC notices a missed call from his ex last night. He calls back, only to be told she butt-dialed him. He hears another man’s voice in the background before she hangs up.

9 AM: ALEC is taking this new development very hard. He has a bit of a breakdown.

3 PM: Somehow, ALEC had fallen asleep during his aggressive sobbing. He awakens to find PATRICK in the bathroom going crazy. He has a knife and is only calmed down by ALEC after RICKY’s insistence that he do something.

Friday (13)

10 AM: ALEC agrees to meet up with his ex to talk about things. Going into the situation hopeful, he is disappointed as the two argue the entire time.

7 PM: ALEC, a bit angry and not caring anymore, approaches the girl at the catering job. They make small but engaging conversation for a while.

12 AM: ALEC, PATRICK, and RICKY ride home from the catering job. PATRICK relentlessly makes fun of ALEC for his womanizing abilities. They almost crash and ALEC and PATRICK have an altercation.

Saturday (14)

9 AM: ALEC feels like the last 10 days have been dropped all on his body at once. He is a mix of emotions but is optimistic moreso than he has been of late.

12 PM: ALEC and RICKY talk about his ex, the good and the bad. Trying to figure out less what went wrong, and more what he was doing the entire time.

6 PM: ALEC nervously takes off, leaving RICKY alone in the house.

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One thought on “Story Outline for Personal Narrative Project

  1. I personally like the story not having an ending, it makes it more believable as an ongoing series of posts or something on the internet. I also wonder how a story this complex will be translated to media, especially with so many characters and in-person conversations. Maybe a blog from the main character would work. Your characters are well fleshed-out and very good at what they’re intended to do; especially the background characters, like Patrick and Tyler, that seem to mostly be there to make Alec’s life harder and provide comic relief. They feel like mostly believable dudes, doing what in-their-20s guys would do.

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