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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
  • Dispel misconceptions

Even if you're certain outlining isn't for you, the book offers all kinds of important tips on plot, structure, and character. Includes exclusive interviews with Larry Brooks, Elizabeth Spann Craig, Lisa Grace, Dan L. Hays, Jody Hedlund, Carolyn Kaufman, Becky Levine, Roz Morris, John Robinson, and Aggie Villanueva, answering important questions:


  • Can you describe your outlining process?
  • What is the greatest benefit of outlining?
  • What is the biggest potential pitfall of outlining?
  • Do you recommend "pantsing" for certain situations and outlining for others?
  • What's the most important contributing factor to a successful outline?



Let outlines help you write a better story!

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    Helpful, sort of generic

    This book has some good tips for the elements of a successful story including character, structure, scene framing etc. I don't know if it's necessarily a book specific to outlining, though, since the basic gist seems to be ''You should totally outline. Here are the elements of a good story, so put them in your outline!" In a book dedicated to outlines I expected more technical discussions of structure, not to mention techniques for the outline itself. (Also, Weiland and I disagree on terminology--what she calls her outline I call raw notes, or working out the story, or freewriting. What she calls the Abbreviated Outline is, for me, the outline--a reference document I can actually use in the writing process.) Overall the book felt more like a general writing advice book with an emphasis on outlines rather than an exhaustive how-to for outlining. Still made some good points and gave interesting tips, though, and I'm glad I read it.

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    Never one for outlining

    Great book just a little long lol!


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