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Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success [NOOK Book]

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Writers often look upon outlines with fear and trembling. But when properly understood and correctly wielded, the outline is one of the most powerful weapons in a writer’s arsenal. Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success will help you choose the right type of outline for you, guide you in brainstorming plot ideas, aid you in discovering your characters, show you how to structure your scenes, explain how to format your finished outline, instruct you in how to use your outline when writing the first draft, ...
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Overview

Writers often look upon outlines with fear and trembling. But when properly understood and correctly wielded, the outline is one of the most powerful weapons in a writer’s arsenal. Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success will help you choose the right type of outline for you, guide you in brainstorming plot ideas, aid you in discovering your characters, show you how to structure your scenes, explain how to format your finished outline, instruct you in how to use your outline when writing the first draft, reveal the benefits of outlining, and dispel the misconceptions.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940150428591
  • Publisher: PenForASword Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/8/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 191
  • Sales rank: 138,532
  • File size: 292 KB

Meet the Author

K.M. Weiland lives in make-believe worlds, talks to imaginary friends, and survives primarily on chocolate truffles and espresso. She is the IPPY and NIEA Award-winning and internationally published author of the Amazon bestsellers Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel, as well as the western A Man Called Outlaw, the medieval epic Behold the Dawn, and the epic fantasy Dreamlander. When she’s not making things up, she’s busy mentoring other authors on her award-winning blog. She makes her home in western Nebraska. Find out more about her fiction on her webiste: kmweiland.com.
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  • Posted March 25, 2012

    Highly recommended

    Outlining is my weakest point as an author, because outlining (like two people running across a cricket pitch, when only the runs for one will count as a score!) has always struck me as a waste of precious creative time. Weiland’s excellent book has gone a long way to changing my mind. Well-set out, easy to read and meticulously researched, Weiland’s professional advice is touched with a natural, appropriate humour that makes learning from this text a pleasure. While Weiland gives solid, practical advice on how to make an outline work for you, she is not prescriptive. There’s an emphasis on the importance of finding a way of outlining that enhances your own creative process, rather than exhorting the reader to slavishly follow one “right” way of outlining. The inclusion of interesting interviews with several published authors about their outlining process underlines the main point of this book: having an outline is vital for a well-structured book, but the shape an outline takes is up to each individual author. Another useful part of the book was the check list at the end of each chapter (my favourite checkpoint is from Chap 11: “Kick the cat off the keyboard”!!! HRH Theodorable may object to that advice!) Although there was much in the book that, as an experienced author, I’ve already learnt along the way, Weiland has organized her writing advice in such a clear, focused and informative manner that, by the end of the book, I had a stronger logical understanding of much that I had done unconsciously in my writing. As Weiland points out, the best novels are those that perfectly blend rational, logical techniques of writing with the intuitive, creative art of writing. After having read this book, I feel better equipped to at least aim for this sweet spot in writing my next novel. I highly recommend this book to experienced authors. For new authors, I would suggest it is essential reading.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 27, 2011

    A MUST add to your craft books.

    Ms Weiland has given me, and you, freedom to write.

    This is NOT a Roman Numeral, numbered and lettered outline. This is your mind and your muse taking your story in a direction it is intended. With an explanation of steps to bring your story to the point of sitting down and writing to finish. Isn't that what we want? To write the end.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    A Healthy Review

    I've written enouh to know what I need to do, but can be haphazard. This book is like a quick workshop that gives you straight forward reminders of aspects of fictional storytelling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Great, practical resource.

    Writer shows her process for outlining and gives tips for making the outlining process useful for all writers, plotters and pantsers alike.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    Read it!!

    Im so glad i bought this. Very helpful

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  • Posted August 13, 2012

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    VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    If you're the type of writer who prefers organization in the form of an outline, this book is tremendously helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2012

    An excellent book for all levels of writers, and especially help

    An excellent book for all levels of writers, and especially helpful to those looking to build more structure into their novels or anyone attempting to make the transition from 'pantsing' to 'outlining' while still retaining creative freedom. If you've been resisting outlining, or are looking for a few tricks to make your outlining process more effective, this book is for you!

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  • Posted July 1, 2012

    Highly recommend

    Well laid out; easy to follow; read it twice.

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