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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!
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you've got a great idea for a novel and haven't a clue where to start, this book. Is for you. It's not an outline in the conventional sense, rather a roughed out design to... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Mocdoof
I'm so excited to finally have the opportunity to get into this book! K.M. gives awesome info and advice on her website as well, which as a new writer has really helped to clear up... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Miraclmoore
I really found the case for outlining a strong one. I struggle with outlining - and although nothing is a magic wand that will transform your writing - this book gave me a road map... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Andrew
I recommend this book along with its companion workbook. It is easy to comprehend, and comes with pivotal information. Highly recommended!Published 19 days ago by Hector
Extremely useful book and easy to follow. I am about to embark on writing my first novel and now I know how to go about it! Thank goodness I read this book beforehand. Read morePublished 22 days ago by phil
Very, very useful approach and tools to help bring my story into a form that will actually keep readers glued to the end. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a book I'd wished I'd known about before I wrote my own debut novel. I learned that there are actually useful tools to create great stories beyond "typing until your... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Adam Nicholes
I may be biased because I already follow K.M. Weiland obsessively on her blog, Helping Writers Become Authors [...], but I found this book a wonderful resource and motivation tool. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is absolutely a MUST for anyone who want to start out writing. Definitely one of the greatest tools I have. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anneke