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K. M. Weiland
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Book Description

1 July 2011

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


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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: PenForASword (1 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978924622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978924621
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic resource for new writers 25 Oct 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm getting ready to write my first novel and was looking for tools to help me with this daunting process. I used to be a journalist and have published several short stories but have never succeeded at completing a novel. In all my previous attempts I had tried the "pantsing" method -- just launching myself into the writing, flying by the seat of my pants and seeing where I ended up. Major fail every time. So this time around, I decided to try planning and outlining.

A discussion on a writer's forum led me to this book. K.M. Weiland is a published author and shares practical, humourous and proven tips to help novelists create their characters, brainstorm their plots and structure their stories. At the end of every chapter, she includes interviews from successful authors who share their own outlining process.

K.M. Weiland doesn't present her method as the only way to outline, but invites readers to glean what they find most useful and what will work for them. I'm recommending this book to every writer I know.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting 9 Feb 2012
By KP
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I was disappointed with this book. I was looking for a book that would give me fresh ideas on how to outline the plot of my novel - technical, practical, tangible tips. From the title that's what I thought I was getting. However, more than halfway through the book I still wasn't reading anything about how to outline my novel. She really only discusses logistics of outlining (and only in passing) in the last chapters of the book, and even then I didn't find anything insightful in her outlining method (maybe other readers will). The interviews with other writers interspersed throughout the book I found repetitive - she asks each person the same questions and they pretty much all respond with the same answers. Really this is a book that summarizes the elements of a story - characters, setting, premise, pacing, pov, etc. I gave the book two stars only because in reading about various story elements I did come up with a few further details for my own story, but I think any book on the basics of writing might have done that.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 25 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Outlining is my weakest point as an author, because outlining (like two people running across a cricket pitch, when only the runs for one will count as a score!) has always struck me as a waste of precious creative time. Weiland's excellent book has gone a long way to changing my mind.

Well-set out, easy to read and meticulously researched, Weiland's professional advice is touched with a natural, appropriate humour that makes learning from this text a pleasure.

While Weiland gives solid, practical advice on how to make an outline work for you, she is not prescriptive. There's an emphasis on the importance of finding a way of outlining that enhances your own creative process, rather than exhorting the reader to slavishly follow one "right" way of outlining. The inclusion of interesting interviews with several published authors about their outlining process underlines the main point of this book: having an outline is vital for a well-structured book, but the shape an outline takes is up to each individual author.

Another useful part of the book was the check list at the end of each chapter (my favourite checkpoint is from Chap 11: "Kick the cat off the keyboard"!!! HRH Theodorable may object to that advice!)

Although there was much in the book that, as an experienced author, I've already learnt along the way, Weiland has organized her writing advice in such a clear, focused and informative manner that, by the end of the book, I had a stronger logical understanding of much that I had done unconsciously in my writing. As Weiland points out, the best novels are those that perfectly blend rational, logical techniques of writing with the intuitive, creative art of writing. After having read this book, I feel better equipped to at least aim for this sweet spot in writing my next novel.

I highly recommend this book to experienced authors. For new authors, I would suggest it is essential reading.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I had rather reluctantly come round to the idea that outlining was a necessity, having previously held the view that the rather more glamorous seat of the pants style of writing seemed more fun and less work. But I just seemed to be going round in circles and not making any progress.
I had read several outlining books, none of which had inspired me, but the price and the blurb on this one did, adn did the Kindle format. But once downloaded the Table of Contents rather dismayed me by its comprehensivenes, as did the author's forecast of at least three month's of planning the outline. Three months just outlining?
However once I got stuck into it the book is quite easy reading, broken down into logical chapters and sections.
There is good advice on every section of the book and on such areas as characterization and plot.
There is room for you to plot as tightly as you wish - or to leave some room for characters to develop as you write.
It is all clearly laid out, along with clear arguments as to why you should outline rather than not.
There are many interviews from authors with their reasons for plotting.
I would stroingly recommend the book and the author's model for outlining, and I am currently using it myself to re-write my old manuscript in outline form.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I needed
Thank you for taking the time to get this down and published. I can't wait to start planning my first novel now. Read more
Published 2 days ago by C.Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good value. Arrived promptly.
Published 22 days ago by Clifford Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars A+
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Published 22 days ago by tullibody
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good book and helpful
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. B C Murrill
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot of gentle wisdom
Outlining is a process followed by most seasoned writers but it takes many forms. There's a lot of gentle wisdom in this book which provides guidance about writing technique that... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Soricco
5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful and practical advice
I've done an OU creative writing diploma, which concentrates on the short story. I wanted to get to grips with novel writing and this has been one of the most helpful books. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Miss K. Fletcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good indeed
Top notch information in this book. I am going to read all of it , twice. She really knows her stuff.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Tool For Writers
If you're a bit of an outlining junky (like me), or simply want to experiment with pre-writing methods this book is fantastic. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Hannah
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent
A really useful rescource for any prospective writer. Sensible advise from beginning to end. Got another of her books too.
Published 5 months ago by Aidan
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Bibles on writing
This is such an informative book. I've managed to write a very sketchy linear outline of my novel because of reading this book. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Di
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