Today, I’m honored to be hosted on The Bookshelf Muse. Be sure to stop by the blog to read my guest post “Reverse Outlining,” which is an excerpt from my book Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success. Leave a comment on The Bookshelf Muse to enter to win a copy! Below is a sneak peek:
When you think of outlines, you generally think about organization, right? The whole point of outlining, versus the seat-of-the-pants method, is to give the writer a road map, a set of guidelines, a plan. An outline should be simple, streamlined, and linear. An outline should put things in order. So you’re probably going to think I’m crazy when I tell you one of the most effective ways to make certain every scene matters is to outline backwards.