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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
A great tool for any aspiring novelist! Invaluable lessons that every writer needs to read before they embark on their next novel-writing journey. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Jason
'Outlining Your Novel' by KM Weiland ought to be on every author’s bookshelf.
If you’ve ever found yourself paralyzed by a blinking cursor or suddenly struck dumb at the... Read more
A great read to help developing writers. Seriously, you want to read this!Published 10 days ago by Loyal AmazonCustomer
I have stalled out on so many writing projects over the years and never managed to fully finish any of them. The one thing all these works in progress had in common? Read morePublished 22 days ago by Christine Rice
I read this book in two days and recommend it highly. It was an easy/fun read that got straight to the point and gave me real life examples. K.M. Read morePublished 23 days ago by S. R. Hartkopf
I'm very interested in becoming a published author. I have bought many guides and they've all helped greatly. But, this one stands out. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Fabian
I've not actually purchased this book yet, but I borrowed it from a friend, and it is EXCELLENT. Great detailed information on the nitty-gritty of outlining. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Amazon Customer