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- Print Length: 163 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1518637825
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- Publisher: Running Rabbit Press; 2 edition (10 Mar. 2015)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00UKC0GHA
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- Average Customer Review: 64 customer reviews
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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.
It was a fairly quick first-read, but very densely packed with excellent advice. It's the same sort of advice you get for structuring screenplays, and I think most authors would benefit greatly from using something like this. I use a version I've developed myself over the years, and was very interested to read this one. I particularly liked the thorough worked example that the author used from her own stable of work. She also used some great literature, and it was interesting to read her take on [book:Lolita|7604] and have a good think about it myself.
I'm sure there are those who would criticise this kind of book. In fact, I did an MA in Creative Writing with some of them. Many started their novels without so much as a plan, or even an ending. Then they spent months wondering why they found it so difficult. I had no sympathy for them. If you started an essay without first knowing your conclusion, you know you'd not score well because you'd lose the thread. So why do the same with novels? This is a great book, with a useful practical advice on structure.
I also believe this technique could be used to generate new ideas from scratch, which I don't think is necessarily true of other plotting methods.
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