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Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success Paperback – July 1, 2011
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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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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!
I'm also in the process of reading the Character Arc book too. I have only read the author's teaching books, but I could easily recommend any of them, especially if you're not sure if you want to use the outlining or pantsing writing methods, or you want to plan but could do with a hand figuring out a good way to go about it.
I've been a successful author of non-fiction, but have never tried to write a novel. I loved the detailed and step-by-step manner she describes.
It was quite reassuring to read from her and many other authors I admire that ideas can take months or, more likely, years to come to fruition. So, I'm just in the first stages and just jotting down notes.
So, I'm not sure if I will ever get to the actual creating of the book, but it was reassuring not to panic that I couldn't get it together quickly.
While some authors have that magic ability to just flow their novel (she calls them "pantsers"), for the first one I write, I know creating a detailed road map is the right approach for me.
She doesn't write about outlining in the way I always thought, with 1. and 1a., etc.
It's more of a system of taking components of the novel and drilling down into them in an organized way.
Since pieces of her ideas have been present in the writing of other authors on this subject, I feel confident about using her advice and grateful that she could pull all this information together in such a coordinated way.
I do want to buy the paperback so I can mark it up. The Kindle version is great for reading it, but when I am really ready to do the work, I think the paperback will work better for me.
The material K.M. Shares has inspired me to alter my currently haphazard process and actually sit down and plan out my next story... Just to see what happens!
I have had this idea playing around the back of my head for going on ten years now. I thought I had a good sense of where I wanted to go and what I wanted to write. Though by the end of November, and over 90,000 words later, I felt I really had gone nowhere with the story/characters. This manuscript required a thorough plotting before I could really understand what I was writing and the statement I wanted to get across to the reader.
The author's clear and concise book has helped to settle my muddy lake of creativity; in fact, the dam that blocked my creative river has a gaping hole down the middle. Had I not stumbled across Outlining Your Novel while searching for help to get out of the quagmire I had written myself into, I would still be floundering in the murky depths.
So I can't thank the author enough for writing this book. I want her to know that I plan to follow the insights of her book to the letter. I don't expect them to make me the next great author, but book has given me the tools to map out a clear path to what I truly want to write. I thank K. M. Weiland, sincerely, for that. Though it still remains to be seen, I believe she has made me a better writer.