Outlining Your Novel by K.M. Weiland

Five stars

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 when writing the first draft, reveal the benefits of outlining, and dispel the misconceptions.

I was always against outlining. The only process I had ever heard of was the elaborate outlines where the author describes to the t chapter by chapter of the story before they even begin. They go so minuscule that, to me, it sounds like all the fun has been zapped out of the writing stage! I knew that way was not for me. However, I didn’t know that there were other methods.

When I started this book I decided I would read it simply because I was hungry for any learning experience writing related. (And because Structuring Your Novel was so incredible!) I did not plan on liking the idea at all, in fact I thought reading the book would give me even more reason to be against outlining. It did exactly the opposite.

After reading this book my eyes were open to all sorts of ways to outline, and, more importantly, that everyone can find there own method and what works best for them. I thought it was a one way kind of thing. But it’s not. Reading this book was remarkable and extremely beneficial to my process and through it I am forming my own method and style to outlining. Even if you’re a pantser, I would highly recommend this book!

“It’s not enough to create a character who does interesting things. He must also do them for interesting reasons.”

― K.M. Weiland, Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success

Your turn!

Do you outline? What method works best for you? Have you read Outlining Your Novel by K.M. Weiland?

Blessings, Allyson


4 thoughts on “Outlining Your Novel by K.M. Weiland

  1. Ahh yes!! I actually reverse outline – start from the climax and work my way backwards. 🙂 Finding out about that method turned me into a plotter. 😛

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    1. Ooh! I like reverse outlining! I usually find myself planning the beginning and then when I get stuck I plan the ending, the middle kind of fends for itself. 😆

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