Donald Maass of the Donald Maass Literary Agency (www.maassagency.com) has put out this workbook, (Writing The Breakout Novel Workbook) to try and help novelists work through and write a “breakout” novel.
I picked it up and I love it because the workbook sets out certain things that every good novel needs and, in Appendix A, provides 21 questions that help with creating an outline. My process involves writing a 1st draft and then answering these questions because then I find out what my manuscript is missing. Then, I can “fill in the blanks” so to speak and make sure I’m hitting all the bases.
I think this also works with screenwriting in terms of making sure the general story works and then you can take that story and maneuver it into the proper screenplay structure.
Check it out here: (the workbook @ amazon) or at a Chapters/Indigo near you. I picked it up at my local Indigo 🙂