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Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success [Kindle Edition]

K.M. Weiland
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (414 customer reviews)

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Acclaim for Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success



“Not into outlining? Then someone did not demonstrate it for you the way Weiland has in her book. If you can make a quick trip grocery list, you can outline your next manuscript to benefit your process, using Weiland’s guide.”—Leslie Hultgren

“…this is one of the few writing craft books I have read start to finish, was easy to apply to my writing immediately, and helped me follow through on my first draft.”—F. Colley

“Ms. Weiland presents a wonderful roadmap for writing while still encouraging you to take those sidetrips that will make your story better. I feel like I can walk the ‘high wire’ of my imagination because I have the safety net of my outline below it all.”—D. Hargan

About the Book



Let outlines help you write a better book!

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

  • Reveal the benefits:
    • Ensures cohesion and balance

    • Prevents dead-end ideas

    • Provides foreshadowing

    • Offers assurance and motivation

  • Dispel misconceptions:

    • Requires formal formatting

    • Limits creativity

    • Robs the joy of discovery

    • Takes too much time


More Praise for Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success



“…this book has revolutionized the way I think about plotting and outlining and, after months of wishing I could find the ‘joy of writing’ again, I finally have it.”—Ashley March

“Each chapter deals with a specific topic and builds a clear idea of the task ahead, and as a great plus every chapter ends with an interview with a published author, explaining how they work their outlines and their personal methods.”—Marcus J. Pinto

“…a brilliant tool for any person wanting to learn more about the craft of writing.”—Cherie Reich


Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 429 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: PenForASword Publishing (November 29, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NAUKAC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,930 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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216 of 221 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Priceless Tool For Any Novelist October 8, 2011
Format:Paperback
As a writer who has attempted a handful of novels in the past without an outline, I knew it was something I would need going forward with my newest work-in-progress. I wasn't sold on the idea of an outline at first, though. They seemed restrictive, boring, and frankly too much work BEFORE starting the real work of writing a book. But after reading "Outlining Your Novel" my mind is completely changed. In fact, I doubt that I'll ever go back to "pantsing" it with novels. Weiland's guide not only walks you through the steps necessary to set up a functional, useful outline, but it also explains WHY having a road map will make your story better. She's absolutely right-- when I try to write without a guide, I only get so far before I panic and stop working altogether. I would never head to a new city without directions, so it makes no sense to write a new story without a guide either. Both are new, unfamiliar territory. Both can be conquered with some planning.

I read this book in less than 24 hours, highlighting points that resonated with me so I can revisit them again and again. I read it a second time to begin working on my outline. However you read it-- at the speed of light or slow and steady-- you will come away with practical tools to get your outline started. If you're a writer, you can't afford to NOT read this!
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91 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best writing books I've read December 28, 2011
By Matt
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As the owner of more than 40 books on writing, I've found it increasingly difficult to find a book that offers a whole lot of material that hasn't been covered in numerous other books. Outlining Your Novel provided plenty of new and useful information to me as a writer and, unlike many writing books which left me feeling more despair than enthusiasm about writing, it left me feeling eager to start my next book. Despite its title, the book will be very useful to writers of all genres in all forms of media, whether you're writing a 300-page book or a 300-word blog. My only minor complaint is that the author's novel Dreamlander, which has not yet been released, was used for many examples, and it would be nice to be able to read the book right away after finishing this one so I can read the examples in the actual book. But that's a small gripe about a great book. Highly recommended, well worth the low price.
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77 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Will Help You Write Your Novel! September 25, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
As a reluctant outliner, I couldn't recommend K.M. Weiland's book more. The techniques she suggests in "Outlining Your Novel" will definitely help me in future projects as I further explore the outlining concept.

Her book is well organized, beginning with many misconceptions about outlines--many of which I used to adhere to until recently--and taking you step-by-step to the start of the actual writing of your novel. Several techniques I'd already begun utilizing prior to reading her book. Many others I am already contemplating using as I begin working on my next three projects, two of which I've already started "pantsing." In fact, I can see a couple packages of my favorite pens and several more notebooks in the not-to-distant future for me. :)

What makes K.M.'s book great is the fact she speaks from personal experience, describing the techniques she personally uses when drafting her novels. In a series of interviews, she also draws on the varied experiences of ten other authors, such as Elizabeth Spann Craig and Jody Hedlund. Examples of good techniques are also used from various books and movies--The Patriot and Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow are made examples of more than once.

If you're a newbie writer, or just a newbie to outlining, reading K.M.'s book is well worth the time. All of the techniques indicated may not be for you--I know I'm not nearly as detailed as she is!--but they do add something extra to think about as you embark on this great writer journey.

Happy writing!

Liberty Speidel
LibertySpeidel.com
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Needs Maps April 2, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I wrote 82,000 words of a novel as a "pantser," then I got stuck. So I decided to do some outlining to find the problem areas and help focus my thoughts on where the story needed to go. I figured a more mechanical approach might be what I needed to get unstuck. So far, the book has been helpful for prodding me to ask questions about my story and characters and for trying to find the story's premise.

Unfortunately, what I really wanted from this book were examples of mind maps, maps, and other types of outlines that aren't just a list of questions. Chapter 2 talks about mind maps, pictorial outlines, and maps, but it doesn't show any of these. I would dearly like to see one of her mind maps, or a scribbled map of a city, or *something* that doesn't resemble typeset text. It seems that if you're talking about pictures, why not throw a few in there to illustrate the point?

The book is probably worthwhile just for the list of questions that you should ask your character, but I also like chapter 10 which covers how to break down your story into scenes and chapters. While I think I have a good feel for that subject, Weiland's coverage of pacing is helpful in figuring out where the story sags or where too much happens at once.

The book seems to be self-published (tell-tale toner underneath the gloss coating on the cover and the myriad ads in the back), but it's done well. It just could have been even better if there were some illustrations. I took off a star for that because I think it would have added a lot to the book -- you know, show, don't tell. :P
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely very helpful
Somewhat to my surprise, I found this book very helpful, both for the specific exploration of how experienced authors go about creating outlines and in general for its insights... Read more
Published 4 days ago by L.S.F
2.0 out of 5 stars Very basic book on outlining.
Very basic book on outlining.
Published 6 days ago by M. Johnson
2.0 out of 5 stars More About Outlining Please
It took me many months to finish this book, why, because it is just not that great. It purports to be about outlining as a technique to help your writing, but mostly it's about... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Eric Lee Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars I found a lot of things helpful, but wished ...
I found a lot of things helpful, but wished the book would have gone more into detail as exactly how to outline.
Published 8 days ago by Alene
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must read for any aspiring novelist!
Published 12 days ago by Lori Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
all books are good
Published 14 days ago by Donald L Gleim
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring!
This book is so great! I am just starting my first complete novel and Weilands's information was so inspiring and easy to understand! Read more
Published 17 days ago by KPug
5.0 out of 5 stars The technique of asking questions is a dynamic concept and I love the...
I doubt that everyone that reads this book, is going to become an instant fan of outlining. Every writer that reads the chapters after the outlining section will become a more... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Ron Mahon
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Reminders for Creating a Better Story
I am always looking at ways to tweak my outlining process to create a better story. However, I like to streamline the process, not add to it. Read more
Published 23 days ago by S. Colebank
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for writers of any level
Very informative! Gave me fresh ways to view different aspects when building different areas of story-telling. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Lucid Shopper
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