Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success

Sign Up for the Outlining Your Novel Webinar!

My Outlining Your Novel: Create a Roadmap to Storytelling Success webinar is back again! This 90-minute presentation, hosted by Writer’s Digest, will be live online on August 27th at 1 PM EDT (although you can listen or re-listen anytime you want for up to a year). I’ll be talking outlines, answering live questions, and critiquing participants’ outlines. It’s gonna be fun!


See you there!

About the Webinar

Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success by K.M. WeilandWriters often look upon outlines with fear and trembling. Won’t outlines limit your creativity and rob the joy of discovery from your first draft? Why spend all that time preparing for a story when you could be writing it?

But when properly understood and correctly wielded, the outline is one of the most powerful weapons in a writer’s arsenal. I will be helping you learn how to choose the right type of outline for you, brainstorm plot ideas, and discover your characters.

Outlines ensure cohesion and balance in the finished story. They prevent wasted time pursuing dead-end ideas, allow you to craft resonant foreshadowing, and, most importantly of all, provide you a foundation of confidence and motivation.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to choose the right type of outline for you
  • How to brainstorm plot ideas
  • How to discover your characters
  • How to organize your scenes
  • How to format your finished outline
  • How to put your outline to use

Who Should Attend?

  • Writers who struggle with writing coherent first drafts
  • Writers who want to learn how to create the unique, personally structured writing process that will be best for them
  • Writers who believe the only type of outline begins with Roman numerals
  • Writers who want to take full advantage of their stories’ premises
  • Writers seeking to expand their knowledge of key story components
  • Writers needing help fleshing out their characters
  • Writers who have difficulties finishing their first drafts

How Does the Critique Work?

All registrants are invited to submit up to 500 words of their story outlines. All submitted outlines are guaranteed a written critique by yours truly. Instructions on how to submit your work are sent after you officially register.

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About K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland

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.


  1. Sounds wonderful! However, being that the outline is 500 words, can you tell me the difference between an outline and a synopsis? Is an outline shorter/tighter?

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Really, the submission can be whatever you want (since outlines are ultimately very personal and take many different shapes). Most people submit a excerpt from a longer outline.

  2. I wish I had the spare money to attend. I love the helpful advice you give and have been using it. 🙁

  3. How long will attendees have after the webinar to get their outlines in for critique? Thank you!

  4. Great! Thank you so much!

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