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A reusable Django app for managing fiction outlines. Part of the broader maceoutliner project.

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A reusable Django app for managing fiction outlines. Part of the broader maceoutliner project.


The full documentation is at


Install Django Fiction Outlines:

pip install django-fiction-outlines

Add it and dependencies to your INSTALLED_APPS:




Unless you like to live dangerously, it is STRONGLY recommend you configure whichever database you use for outlines to have ATOMIC_REQUESTS to True.

    "default": {
        "ENGINE": "django.db.backends.postgresql",
        "NAME": "outlines",
        "ATOMIC_REQUESTS": True,

Add Django Fiction Outlines’s URL patterns:

from fiction_outlines import urls as fiction_outlines_urls

urlpatterns = [
    url(r'^', include(fiction_outlines_urls)),


  • Provides models for managing series, outlines, characters, locations, and arcs.
  • Provides tools for managing multiple arcs within the context of a broader story outline.
  • Validates that arcs and outlines follow principles of MACE nesting, and seven point story structure.
  • Calculates estimated length of final manuscript based on complexity of outline.
  • Objects are associated with users to enable permission management.
    • NOTE: Django Fiction Outlines uses an object permission manager called django-rules. This allows extremely flexible permission schemes without crufting up your database or model logic. By default, fiction_outlines will restrict any view or editing to the owner of the object.

What It Doesn’t Do

  • Provide a full UI for managing the changes. An API and views are provided, but templates are very basic. It is expected that you will override the templates to match your overall project.
  • Outline the whole story for you.
  • Write the story for you.
  • Do your laundry.

Running Tests

Does the code actually work?

$ pip install -r test_requirements.txt
$ pytest
$ pytest --flake8


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0.3.1 (2018-10-16)

  • Now compatible with both Python 3.7 and 3.6

0.3.0 (2018-08-08)

  • Support for Django 2.1

0.2.2 (2018-04-19)

  • Bug fix: override model_utils until my submitted bug fix for created/modified timestamps is merged upstream.

0.2.1 (2018-04-14)

  • Add created and modified auto timestamps to all tree models.

0.2.0 (2018-04-13)

  • Add export functions. A view is provided for users to export outlines as either OPML, JSON, or Markdown documents.

0.1.5 (2018-04-09)

  • Improvements to length estimate calculation.
  • Improvements to test coverage.

0.1.4 (2018-04-07)

  • Hotfix release for tag field issue.

0.1.3 (2018-04-07)

  • Bugfix release for migrations

0.1.2 (2018-04-02)

  • Bugfix release.

0.1.1 (2018-04-01)

  • First release on PyPI.

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