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And yet I loved this book. There is so much here, yes, even for us pantsers--because in every novel manuscript there comes that point where we wish we were plotters. And as much as C. S. Lakin eschews winging it, her layering method actually allows for enough creativity and innovation that we get the best of both worlds.
If the idea of outlining repulses you, admit there are times when you wish you'd done it, and give Layer Your Novel a peek. It'll make you a better storyteller.
--Jerry B. Jenkins, international best-selling author of The Left Behind series
C. S. Lakin peels back the layers of creating a dynamic novel with techniques and easy-to-understand instruction for all levels of writers. From start to finish, Layer Your Novel conquers the dilemma of how and why in the novel process. A must-own for every writer's library.
--DiAnn Mills, award-winning best-selling author
If plotting your novel seems like an overwhelming task, C. S. Lakin can help! In Layer Your Novel, she demonstrates how to start with your main story line and layer in the rest, so that you never have to focus on more than ten to twelve scenes at a time. Lakin offers a wide range of examples to help you see how different types of stories are assembled.
--Lynn Johnston, author and writing coach
C. S. Lakin's Layer Your Novel is a concise composition of simple step-by-step techniques on form, structure, key points,subplots, and more! Whether you're a seasoned author or just a beginner, this book is a must-have for your library. Writing examples, charts, and exercises sprinkle the pages of a well-crafted book sure to make the writing process a success! A brilliant novel resource, Layer Your Novel is essential to making your book the best it can be!
--Kat Flannery, award-winning author of the Branded Trilogy
From the Author
Why? Because there are countless books and blog posts that cover story structure,and a lot of great ones too, so, I figured, why should I add my two cents to the mix?
But the longer I thought about it, the more I realized I have some unique approaches and twists to the age-old question: "How do I write a great novel?"
The simple answer: by layering scenes--that's how.
I searched through titles and descriptions of dozens of writing craft books specific to structuring novels, and it hit me. None of these books talk about layering.
And I'll tell you why that confused me: layering is the most logical and intuitive way to structure a great story.
That's how I write all my novels. And the process isn't hard. Layer Your Novel will teach you how!
- ASIN : B074T46QRS
- Publisher : Ubiquitous Press (September 15, 2017)
- Publication date : September 15, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1536 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 221 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0986134740
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #308,188 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I’ve been struggling with the plot for my first novel for years now, and this book came to my attention at just the right time. I was literally pulling my hair out at time as I wrestled with my subplots, and making sure they entered the story at the right time. But after reading through this book, not once, but three times, I’ve come away with new ways of looking at story structure, outside the basic three-act structure.
Lakin breaks stories into layers, and layers into key scenes according to how the layers fit in the story. The best part is that the entire process takes you from story premise to basic outline, and into layers of action-reaction and subplots that add depth to your story, and flesh out your characters in the process.
I’m glad that I picked this book up, even if it took multiple readings to wrap my head around the potential changes I can make to my writing process. I’ve actually made great progress breaking down the mess that is my current draft, and look forward to reshaping the subplots so that they actually make sense.
Take a large jar, fill it successively with rocks, pebbles , sand and water. Only then is it full.
A novel is built in the same way. The rocks represent the most important plot building and advancing scenes in a novel. The pebbles represent scenes that support plot advancement, perhaps by raising obstacles or challenges that the protagonist must overcome an route to reaching her goal. The sand adds subplots that help build tension and conflict by reinforcing the obstacles facing the protagonist. The water brings in the remaining scenes that unify the plot into a satisfying whole.
I am already benefiting from reading this writer's guide in two ways. First, I notice a deeper awareness of structure and POV when I read a novel, thus drawing me deeper into its plot, action and character development. Second, I find I am revising my own novel with a much sharper attention to structure and detail.
For both of these reasons, thank you, C. S. Larkin for sharing your wisdom.
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I gave 4 stars instead of 5 for two reasons. Firstly, there are a fair few typos in the book. Not loads, but more than you'd hope to see in a book on writing craft. I also felt like the author spent a bit too long trying to justify her methods in places, rather than simply presenting them and letting them speak for themselves.
Regardless, I learned loads from reading this, and it will continue to be a valuable resource for me as I work on my writing craft.