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!