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Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success (Helping Writers Become Authors Book 1) (English Edition) di [Weiland, K.M.]
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Acclaim for Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success

“Not into outlining? Then someone did not demonstrate it for you the way Weiland has in her book. If you can make a quick trip grocery list, you can outline your next manuscript to benefit your process, using Weiland’s guide.”—Leslie Hultgren

“…this is one of the few writing craft books I have read start to finish, was easy to apply to my writing immediately, and helped me follow through on my first draft.”—F. Colley

“Ms. Weiland presents a wonderful roadmap for writing while still encouraging you to take those sidetrips that will make your story better. I feel like I can walk the ‘high wire’ of my imagination because I have the safety net of my outline below it all.”—D. Hargan

About the Book

Let outlines help you write a better book!

Writers often look upon outlines with fear and trembling. But when properly understood and correctly wielded, the outline is one of the most powerful weapons in a writer’s arsenal. Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success will:

  • Help you choose the right type of outline for you

  • Guide you in brainstorming plot ideas

  • Aid you in discovering your characters

  • Show you how to structure your scenes

  • Explain how to format your finished outline

  • Instruct you in how to use your outline

  • Reveal the benefits:
    • Ensures cohesion and balance

    • Prevents dead-end ideas

    • Provides foreshadowing

    • Offers assurance and motivation

  • Dispel misconceptions:

    • Requires formal formatting

    • Limits creativity

    • Robs the joy of discovery

    • Takes too much time

More Praise for Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success

“…this book has revolutionized the way I think about plotting and outlining and, after months of wishing I could find the ‘joy of writing’ again, I finally have it.”—Ashley March

“Each chapter deals with a specific topic and builds a clear idea of the task ahead, and as a great plus every chapter ends with an interview with a published author, explaining how they work their outlines and their personal methods.”—Marcus J. Pinto

“…a brilliant tool for any person wanting to learn more about the craft of writing.”—Cherie Reich


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 She makes her home in western Nebraska. Find out more about her fiction at

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  • Editore: PenForASword Publishing (29 novembre 2013)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
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Subito dopo lo Snowflake Method, il metodo di Katie Weiland è per chi ha seriamente intenzione di finire la stesura del proprio romanzo. Nello stile colloquiale, chiaro ed amichevole che ho già apprezzato sul suo sito, lo consiglio a tutti.
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4.0 su 5 stelle It "feels" heavily focused on character development versus outlining a novel 14 agosto 2014
Di DoOver25 - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Rating System:
1 star = abysmal; some books deserve to be forgotten
2 star = poor; almost a complete waste of time
3 star = good; worth the effort
4 star = very good; what writing should be
5 star = fantastic; must own it and share it with others

Here is my "outline" of this book. . .

Chapter 1 - Arguments & myth-busting of whether you should outline or not
Chapter 2 - Understanding different types of outlining
Chapter 3 - Turning an idea into a story
Chapter 4 - Jump into summarizing your scene list
Chapter 5 - Developing Characters part 1 - Motives & Desires
Chapter 6 - Developing Characters part 2 - Backstory
Chapter 7 - Developing Characters part 3 - Personality
Chapter 8 - Developing Characters part 4 - Reacting to Setting
Chapter 9 - POV and story structure basics
Chapter 10 - Fleshing out your outlined scenes

Having read and owned no less than six(6) books on outlining and having outlined for the last five or six NaNoWriMo's, I had to add this book to my library when I saw it.

WHY only TWO STARS overall?
Many of the chapters are pretty short, except the ones on character development. Those chapters "felt" like they were three times as long as any other chapter, which is why I'm left with a sense that this is a method intended for character driven stories. No love for plot-driven stories (can anyone say "most Hollywood blockbuster plots?").

Some chapters are real short, such as Setting and Story Structure, since entire books could be devoted to helping you world build or analyze different types of story frameworks. As proven by this author having a separate book on story structure titled: Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story.

In addition to the chapters being short and feeling like the topic covered were light, how these chapters translate into an actual outline is a little more vague. . .at least it was ambiguous for me.

WHY at least THREE STARS overall?
What adds credibility to the author's work is near the end of several chapters we get an different author's interview on the power of how outlining has helped them write their stories and get published. I like that!

Also, I like the Summary / Checklist at the end of most chapters. For my analytical mind, I needed the checklist! I can more easily quantify the steps to work through as suggested by the author. . . thanks to the list.

WHY I ended up rating this a FOUR STARS:
I'm more analytically minded and I want a complete list of what steps I need to go through to outline. This book is written for a more organic process.

You'll more "organically" create an outline that grows and evolves, as you flesh out your characters and answer key questions about your story versus a method that "tells you" to create a framework such as:
1. Protagonist introduced in Act 1 = check;
2. Romantic Involvement escalates in Act 2 = check
3. Chance of first kiss after story Resolution = check
4. etc. . . .

This book is not meant to give you a scene-by-scene blow of "use this framework", but to help you answer questions and develop your own outline. If you want a more scene-by-scene framework, I suggest The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing

I don't think you should ONLY limit yourself to reading this book to help you outline or develop your novel. Instead it's a supplement to other outlining/novel planning books.

What this book is helping me do is flesh out my characters more, which is resulting in new story opportunities, which I can then translate those opportunities into the "organic" outline.

Thus, this book is a good addition to one's library.

It wasn't till I switched from being a discovery writer to outline writer that I more than TRIPLED my daily word count. Also, I've completed more first drafts because of outlines. Lastly, if I had to take a break, the outline helped me jump back into the fiction story or the non-fiction book a lot quicker.

Just my two cents.
300 di 308 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle A Priceless Tool For Any Novelist 8 ottobre 2011
Di Kristin A. Offiler - Pubblicato su
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As a writer who has attempted a handful of novels in the past without an outline, I knew it was something I would need going forward with my newest work-in-progress. I wasn't sold on the idea of an outline at first, though. They seemed restrictive, boring, and frankly too much work BEFORE starting the real work of writing a book. But after reading "Outlining Your Novel" my mind is completely changed. In fact, I doubt that I'll ever go back to "pantsing" it with novels. Weiland's guide not only walks you through the steps necessary to set up a functional, useful outline, but it also explains WHY having a road map will make your story better. She's absolutely right-- when I try to write without a guide, I only get so far before I panic and stop working altogether. I would never head to a new city without directions, so it makes no sense to write a new story without a guide either. Both are new, unfamiliar territory. Both can be conquered with some planning.

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!
126 di 132 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle One of the best writing books I've read 29 dicembre 2011
Di Matt - Pubblicato su
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As the owner of more than 40 books on writing, I've found it increasingly difficult to find a book that offers a whole lot of material that hasn't been covered in numerous other books. Outlining Your Novel provided plenty of new and useful information to me as a writer and, unlike many writing books which left me feeling more despair than enthusiasm about writing, it left me feeling eager to start my next book. Despite its title, the book will be very useful to writers of all genres in all forms of media, whether you're writing a 300-page book or a 300-word blog. My only minor complaint is that the author's novel Dreamlander, which has not yet been released, was used for many examples, and it would be nice to be able to read the book right away after finishing this one so I can read the examples in the actual book. But that's a small gripe about a great book. Highly recommended, well worth the low price.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Most Useful of the Bunch 30 aprile 2012
Di JustMyOpinion - Pubblicato su
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I taught line-of-action writing (for playwrights and screenwriters) on campus for twenty-seven years. When I moved from scripts to novels, I continued to use that line-of-action process. But scriptwriting just isn't the same, so I started reading about novel writing. I've read them all, from James Scott Bell's excellent books to ninety-nine cent ebooks full of hints and tips. But with my current project, I was still stuck. Things weren't fitting together.

I admit I bought Outlining Your Novel on Kindle, read a couple of chapters, and returned it. Why did I need an outline when I already used a line-of-action? But bits of what I'd read kept sneaking back into my mind, so I re-Kindled the book and read it all the way through. Things are so much clearer now; I actually know what I'm doing for the first time in a couple of months. And the book proved so useful, I ordered a hard copy so I could brightline and circle key points.

Please trust that I've got two shelves and a Kindle packed with books on how to write a novel, and that this one is the one I keep beside me, open, when I'm writing. It's the most profoundly useful of all those I've read. My thanks to the author.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Inspirational, street savvy, get ahold of a copy 28 marzo 2015
Di T. Youngjohn - Pubblicato su
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I tried writing a review before, and Amazon wouldn't publish it because it was too short. I had simply called the book inspirational and had commanded BUY IT! Clearly I was remiss. I should have indicated why it was inspirational and why it should be purchased. You see, I wrote a novel, once, finished the second draft some ten years ago. I had written the first 75 odd pages, and I do mean odd, by "pantsing" a term you'll learn if you do yourself a favor and purchase this profound little bit of wisdom. But I had never had an ending planned. I had probably written over 50 pages, maybe 60, before I realized my dilemma. I started churning out endings, one after another in my mind, but none of them stuck. Then discovering this setback, I made a decision any decent author has probably avoided making many times, I decided to set it aside. Years went by. Then an art teacher from Georgia got a hold of the first 70 or so pages and told me something she probably should not have. She said I should finish it. She implied that she liked it. And so did another online friend, Anyway, to make a long story short, I came up with an ending that stuck, and I wrote my way out of a corner. I finished the second draft ten years ago. Problem was, I hadn't had K.M. Weiland's book. Now I do. Thank G-d. You should too. Maybe one day I'll get to a third draft of that original "work in progress," but, for now, I've got K.M. Weiland and a dream for another novel. Nothing will make you feel more fully human than outlining your own novel. Take my advice. Buy the book.
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