Countdown to Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success!

Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success by K.M. WeilandAs those of you who listen to my weekly podcast or follow me on Twitter and Facebook are probably already aware, I’ve been hard at work this year on the writing craft book Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success which will be released September 26th. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing excerpts, trailers, and some fantabulous prize drawings. (Read on for more about the goodies.)

Can outlining your novel help you write a better story?

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 of outlining, which include:
    • Ensuring cohesion and balance
    • Preventing dead-end ideas
    • Providing foreshadowing
    • Offering assurance and motivation
  • Dispel the misconceptions that outlines:
    • Require formal formatting
    • Limit creativity
    • Rob the joy of discovery
    • Take too much time

Even if you’re sure outlining isn’t for you, the book offers all kinds of important tips on plot, structure, and character.

The book will launch Monday, September 26, with a week of celebrations, featuring daily giveaways and culminating in our three-tiered Grand Prize giveaway worth over $400, featuring prizes from PosterText, a huge bundle of writing craft books, and a Kindle. In the meantime, stay tuned every Wednesday for special previews of the book and weekly book prizes!

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K.M. Weiland is the award-winning and internationally-published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs. A native of western Nebraska, she writes historical and fantasy novels and mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.


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  2. Can’t wait for it! Thanks for all your hard work!

  3. @Gideon: The paperback will be $9.79 and the e-versions will be $2.99.

    @C.R.R.: Thanks! I hope you enjoy the book and find it useful.

  4. I am looking forward to it. All your advice has been wonderfully helpful thus far, I can only imagine this book will be a great help. Thanks for all you do.

  5. Thanks much, Marianne! I hope the book will be a great blessing to you.

  6. That sounds really good!

    And this is totally random, but I dreamed I met you the other night… and so did my mother! She was quite impressed with you and wanted to know why I didn’t have you editing my books… it was really funny. 😀

  7. Hah! Well, I’m honored to be traipsing around in your dreams!

  8. Sounds great. I can’t wait to hear more about it. Bring on the prizes!

  9. I’m really excited about the prizes. Gonna be lots of fun!

  10. Sounds great! Can’t wait to give it a look!

  11. Thanks! I hope it will prove useful to you in your writing journey.

  12. Outlining is great. Never been the organic type of writer. So, anything that can help demonstrate its usefulness is wonderful. I’ll definitely share with my writing group.

  13. Thanks, Pedro! I appreciate all the help possible in getting the word out!

  14. All of my novels have been written as a “pantster” but I am going to buy this book and give it a go – can’t say I can do it, but, I’m ready for a challenge *she says as she goes ‘ungh no caaaan’t plot or outline noooooo’ *laughing* BUt I love learning and I believe that no one should back away from trying something new – I may gain insights in other ways even if I never can do the outline thing!

  15. You go, girl! I firmly believe we can all learn new tricks by trying new methods, even if we end up rejecting the method as a whole. That said, I’ve yet to meet the author who hasn’t benefited from the right kind of outline in some way or another.

  16. I really like your short videos and the ones about this new book are really good. Makes me want to buy it!

  17. Thanks! I hope the book proves all shades of useful to you!

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