- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 810 KB
- Print Length: 163 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1518637825
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Running Rabbit Press; 2 edition (10 Mar. 2015)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00UKC0GHA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 62 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,737 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Take Off Your Pants!: Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing: Revised Edition 2nd Edition, Kindle Edition
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Of course, others may not find the same problems, perhaps it's just me and I'd still thoroughly recommend the book purely for the outline section.
My novel was written as a ‘pants’ book. Hannah Robbins 2 is currently being written with a plot already in place as I thought I would try it the other way around this time and see which way I preferred working. I can tell you, I’m preferring being a plotter. It is much easier to know where you’re going and no, it isn’t stunting my ‘artistic flair’. That I can use in each and every chapter I write.
Anyway, back to the book we are talking about, or at least how it fits into writing Hannah 2 . I’m close to completing the novel and thought I’d read Take Off Your Pants to see if it could help tighten up my plan for the ending so I could write it faster. After a stressful year, I’m a little behind my own schedule so I’m feeling the pressure. Take Off Your Pants is a comprehensive book that not only shows you how to outline your novel but explains how to make it a deep, rich and cohesive experience for the reader.
Libbie Hawker uses simple language and explains what she is telling you by showing you how it has been done in previously published books like (two very different books) Charlotte’s Web and Lolita. She takes you through character arcs, theme, and story core as well as plot and at the end she shows you one of the plans for her own novels. It looks so simple. She makes it all sound like childs play!
When I finished reading the book I instantly started adding to the bare outline I had, fleshing out the part I had left to write in the way Hawker had explained and I’m now typing away finishing the novel.
If you’re interested in outlining, if you’ve never done it or you’d like to look at how someone else does it and compare it to how you work and see if you can combine the two, to enhance your working life, then I’d say this is a great book to try.
I can see why. It is easy reading but full of great insight and makes planing your book so much better
If you only buy one help book to improve your novel, choose this
With obvious mentions of revisions throughout in response to feedback, I felt that the author actually cared about the information presented and how it was received.
In all honesty, the personable and apparently approachable style gave me the impression that Libbie Hawker was a friend in the scribbling trenches alongside me, with helpful hints and advice from experience - as opposed to an instructor at the front of a group.
Nice clear advice which was well laid out and pleasant to follow.
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