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About 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 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 site helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com. She makes her home in western Nebraska. Find out more about her fiction at kmweiland.com.
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Outlining Your Novel offers great advice, but the book production makes it a difficult read. For some reason, all apostrophes and quotation marks are left out. Strangely, commas, semi-colons and colons are intact. The information is good, the paper used is of good quality, the binding is OK but that one consistent--all the way through--error slows the reader's understanding. I bought this book because I'm well into my first fiction book, so I wanted to see what I had missed by doing the outlining only in my head. I've written nearly 50 non-fiction trade books and working methods are similar but enough different that any extra help is appreciated. I wish K.M. Weiland's publisher had been as competent as she is. Even the worst proofreader couldn't miss this many egregious errors. But, as noted, the book contains a wealth of worthwhile information.
Outlining can seem like a daunting task. Especially to someone who has never used one when writing fiction. Memories of high school term papers come to mind, with mandatory outlines, complete with roman numerals, letters, and numbers. K. M. Weiland sets out to erase that picture and give a more accurate presentation of what a novel outline looks like. In this book you'll learn how to flesh out ideas, characters, and settings, all before writing a word of your first draft. I discovered K. M. Weiland about six years ago when I stumbled upon her Wordplayer's Manifesto. When I seriously began thinking of writing a novel I found her again and I've followed her online ever since. She is adamant about helping writers, and it shows in this book. Coupled with the workbook, this is a great resource for outlining. The workbook especially takes you piece by piece and asks specific questions you can answer about your characters, plot, etc. It's a great guide. I say guide, simply because I found that, at least for the purposes of the novel I'm working on, the order of her outlining doesn't quite work for me. So, I'm doing it a bit differently, but those questions will work in any order. With examples from Weiland's own work, insight from authors who use outlines, and checklists to guide you through, you'll see the benefits of outlining in no time.
This book answered questions I didn't know I had. Before I read this book I had the number/letter outlines stuck in my head. This book opened my mind to new ways of brainstorming for ideas. I would recommend this book for anybody who writes anything longer then an e-mail.
The book is light on specifics, but to me, was still an excellent introduction to the ideas of outlining. It made me feel like, yes, I can outline and yes, it can be whatever system/method works best for me. It made me realize that many of the issues I have faced when "pantsing" can be avoided by using an outline. I would recommend this book to anyone who is curious about what outlining may do for their own writing.