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Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

K.M. Weiland
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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

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

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


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 429 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 192 Seiten
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: PenForASword Publishing (29. November 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (4 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #39.667 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Recommandable! 1. Mai 2014
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This book is one of the best I ever read about writing. My own writing experience used to be that of a pantser - I wrote and wrote, seing where the characters would take me, yet my stories had lots of weaknesses I couldn't really understand or analyze. Due to that, I did never finish or publish my second novel. I've just started a new novel two months and K.M Weilands "Outlining your novel" really helped me planning the plot and lots of details you should consider when writing a novel.
By the way, a common prejudice about outlining novels is that it takes a lot of time and keeps you from the fun part of writing. Yet K. M. Weiland explains, that rewriting weak scenes or chapters all over again may take a lot more time. And that outlines for novels should be seen as guidelines.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen HERE! 17. Oktober 2014
Use your hand wisely and BUY this book. For whatever reason you have looked up this book YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED. Trust me. This book is worth your money.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Für Pantser unbedingt zu empfehlen 4. Oktober 2013
Von Harper A.
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Autoren spalten sich in zwei Lager (mindestens), die einen planen eine Geschichte bis ins kleinste Detail, ehe sie auch nur ein Wort zu Papier gebracht haben, die anderen schreiben drauf los. Beides hat seine Vor- und Nachteile, wie Autoren in diesem Buch zu berichten wissen. Wer als Pantser ein wenig mehr Ordnung in sein Schreiben bringen will, findet hier gute Ansätze, denen er nicht sklavisch folgen, die er aber im Hinterkopf behalten sollte. Zudem bietet die Autorin auf ihrer Webpage viele gute Anregungen für Autoren und solche, die es werden wollen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen If you're not a writer.... 26. April 2012
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...and have read this book you certainly will want to become one. Not only does the author share her knowledge and her own technique, she also shares her joy of writing, of creating, of telling stories - without forgetting the hard work.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Priceless Tool For Any Novelist 8. Oktober 2011
Von Kristin A. Offiler - Veröffentlicht auf
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!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the best writing books I've read 29. Dezember 2011
Von Matt - Veröffentlicht auf
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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 von 5 Sternen This Book Will Help You Write Your Novel! 26. September 2011
Von Liberty Speidel - Veröffentlicht auf
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As a reluctant outliner, I couldn't recommend K.M. Weiland's book more. The techniques she suggests in "Outlining Your Novel" will definitely help me in future projects as I further explore the outlining concept.

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.

Happy writing!

Liberty Speidel
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Needs Maps 2. April 2012
Von Karen S. Garvin - Veröffentlicht auf
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I wrote 82,000 words of a novel as a "pantser," then I got stuck. So I decided to do some outlining to find the problem areas and help focus my thoughts on where the story needed to go. I figured a more mechanical approach might be what I needed to get unstuck. So far, the book has been helpful for prodding me to ask questions about my story and characters and for trying to find the story's premise.

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
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5.0 von 5 Sternen BRILLIANT!!!! 12. Juni 2012
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf
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I can hardly express my appreciation for this book!

For the past two years I have been struggling to write an Epic Fantasy novel. I've purchased 45 or more books on writing, and while I have come across my fair share of really good books on writing that made quite a difference for me, I never have come across a book that will be as helpful to me as this one already is.

Basically, this book is a step by step guide of how to organize your novel. The brilliant part of it (and what should have been obvious to me already) is how it starts you off writing generic ideas and then ties it in to more detail later. I used to think I had to cram all kinds of detail in (with setting and character) right away. I realized, in the middle of reading this, that the brilliance of keeping things really generic is that it is not painful to make changes. An example of this is how, in the beginning (during the Crafting the Premise phase) you ask generic questions about your characters such as how the inciting incident will affect your main character. Later, in the General Sketches phase you do short and general character summaries.You also ask questions about how your characters personalities evolve over the course of the story. Then, during the Character Sketches phase, you deal with backstory and past questions. Then later you do 100 question interviews with each character, and get real specific data on these people.

The point I am trying to make is that it never would have occurred to me (in a million years) to split up the character questions like that. The questions were all very appropriate given the time they were asked, and the depth of knowledge that was needed to further develop the story at that point. It brilliantly expanded from generic, to more and more specific, and enhanced the plot at every phase.

I still have to use the system, of course, but I had great luck already using the What If? prompts in the beginning of this process. Lots of ideas started pouring out. I was so convinced that I would have success making progress in my novel that I took all the questions and inserted them in a software program (data collection software called myBase that I use for my research). It's a folder within a folder system,and I basically put all of the questions she asks in descending order so that I can "fill in the blank" as I go. It's taken me the better part of the day to do it, but now I have a template I can use any time I write a book.

This is the clearest system I have ever seen for writing a novel. All of the other books I have read left me feeling that I just couldn't get organized somehow. This system is so well designed I have a hard time imagining I couldn't have great success with it. That doesn't mean I won't have a ridiculous amount of work to do (because I will), but now there is no question in my mind how to get from point A to point B.

Hands down, best purchase I have made for my writing!

Thank you K.M. Weiland! What a gift this book is!
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