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Outlining and Editing: Get This Great Software Bundle

This week only, I’m joining up with the popular editing software ProWritingAid to give you a special discount when you purchase their premium license in a bundle with my own Outlining Your Novel Workbook software.

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ProWritingAid Premium and Outlining Your Novel Workbook together this week only for just $65 (a $90 value). Until February 24th, get the Outlining Your Novel Workbook ($40) and 1 year of ProWritingAid Premium ($50) for just $65.

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ProWritingAid Premium: Editing Power Without Limitations

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In the words of my developer Bob Miller, ProWritingAid is a premium tool for helping you spot “clichés, difficult sentences, slow pacing, repeated phrases, and much more”:

I’ve used ProWritingAid.com for years. In just a few moments of analysis, the program shows me grammar, style, and readability issues. I don’t consider my novel fully edited until I’ve used this program to analyze each chapter.

Here’s a bit more about the extra perks you get when you go premium:

1) No word count 

If you don’t write that often, you will probably get along just fine with the free version and its 500-word limit. If, however, you want to analyze full chapters, articles, reports, or essays and get a wider overview of your work, then ProWritingAid Premium is for you.

2) Integrations

Premium users have access to the ProWritingAid Desktop App (perfect for Scrivener and Mac users), as well as add-ins for MS Word, Google Docs, and Chrome.

3) Full Word Explorer functionality

The Word Explorer has fast become one of ProWritingAid’s most popular and most-used features. Premium users get a more in-depth exploration of their vocabulary, sparking creativity and more dynamic word choice.

Take a free tour of any of their integrations here.

Outline Your Story the Easy Way

The Outlining Your Novel Workbook provides an intuitive and easy-to-use fill-in-the-blanks format that will guide you through every step of the outlining process. Creating your own outline is as simple as starting on the first screen, using its prompts and lessons to work through your story in the most intuitive way, and clicking through the tabs at the top of the screen to access important sections such as Premise, Characters, and Settings.

The Outlining Your Novel Workbook program makes outlining a fun and empowering process that will help you write your best story.

Features:

  • Outline – Create a story with a solid Three-Act plot structure and perfect scene structure.
  • Premise – Easy fill-in-the-blanks give you a perfect elevator pitch every time.
  • General Sketches – Brainstorm the big picture of your scene list, character arcs, and theme.
  • Character – Get to know your characters with an extensive character interview, featuring 100+ questions.
  • Settings – Keep track of your settings, explore your best options, and answer helpful world-building questions.
  • Fun Extras – Import your mind maps and world maps, keep track of your story’s timeline, cast your characters, and create story-specific musical playlists.

Take the video tour here.

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K.M. Weiland lives in make-believe worlds, talks to imaginary friends, and survives primarily on chocolate truffles and espresso. She is the IPPY and NIEA Award-winning and internationally published author of the Amazon bestsellers Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel. She writes historical and speculative fiction from her home in western Nebraska and mentors authors on her award-winning website.

Comments

  1. This sounds great. And it’s perfect timing as I’m just starting a beat sheet for a novel and a graphic novel (I’ve always been a short story writer, and novels are mysterious beasts). I have an outlining question for you. If your novel has two braided storylines, do you develop them each separately with their own plot points, pinch points, etc? I’d assume that the overall structure of the novel still has to feel cohesive and well-structured, and that would require that each story have roughly parallel structure. I suppose I should analyze a few braided novels (Girl on the Train, Karen Dionne’s The Marsh King’s Daughter (a must-read if you haven’t found it yet), or even The Two Towers) to get a sense of how other authors do it, but it seems like an interesting question. I also wonder how writers of ensemble stories (like Love Actually) do it.

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says:

      Thanks, Jeff! I touch on the issues of plot points in multiple POV in this post on dual timelines. But the short answer is that you can handle this in two ways: either use the same plot point to drive the plot in both POVs–or time it so each POV gets its own structure-advancing plot point at the proper time. In the vast majority of cases, the first is preferable, since it will contribute to a much tighter story.

      • Yes! I’m glad to read that because it echoes a lot of the thoughts I have about the overall structure. It does seem difficult to pull off, but I’m almost always drawn to the complexity and thematic layering that it lends to a novel.

        As you suggest in your first point, I’ve been trying to think about whether each storyline would, on its own, make a compelling novel, a story that readers would want to read. The problem, as I conceive it, is that the two storylines are in different timeframes (again, like Girl on the Train), so they can’t share all their plot points. I was thinking that they would come together at the second plot point: tighten up, as you say.

        Thanks so much for the great posts and books.

        • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says:

          In dual-timeline stories that feature a “present” timeline and “historical” timeline, one way to pull it all together is to have a revelation, memory, or uncovering of something that happened in the historical timeline make a plot-turning impact on the present timeline. Parallels in action and theme are also useful.

  2. Hi Karen. Absolutely love your blog. I have purchased “Outline Your Novel” work book from amazon, and I’m using that currently with one of your scrivener templates to develop my second MS. Many thanks. However, having used Pro-writing aid for over a year, on a previous MS, I can honestly it gets lot of things wrong (badly). In fact, it causes more mistakes than it corrects, simply because as we know there are lots of different interpretations of grammatical rules. After being put through Pro-writing aid, my first MS was edited and proofed by a very experienced editor who’d worked at Harper Collins and other big publishing houses for over 20 years. I’d don’t want to appear arrogant, but that program and others similar are bloody awful; best avoided by budding writers who don’t want to go through the heart ache of taking on board the software’s suggestions which are often woefully incorrect – (wildly open to interpretation) as I found out the hard way. Better to use something like -“Penguin Guide To Punctuation” or “Chicago Manual Of Style etc. Honestly it was an awful experience, months of work down the pan. I would hate anyone else to have to go through the pain of using it. Searching the net actually confirms this, as there are a lots of disgruntled uses out there. Great blog Jon

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says:

      Jon, thanks for sharing your experience. (Glad you’re enjoying the outlining workbook!) I hear what you’re saying. Like any grammar checker, ProWitingAid isn’t meant to be used on autopilot. Particularly in fiction writing where much of style is subjective, it’s definitely important for the user to understand why any suggested changes are being made before making them.

    • I hear what you’re saying, Jon. I picked up both programs yesterday and ran two stories through ProWritingAid. If I had made every change, it would have been disastrous, surely. But the program drew my attention to things I missed: repeated words, passive constructions, certain patterns I tend to indulge in. I then evaluated each one. I made a ton of changes but also left a lot of things as they were. It was time consuming and I don’t think it made major changes, but I definitely tightened up my prose. I would guess that the writing became 5% better. And who knows, 5% could be enough to push that wavering journal editor from meh to enthusiasm.

      It only seems effective, in other words, if you are using it in conjunction with a well-developed sense of grammar and style. Then again, I would love it if my students used it, if only to point out every. damn. adjective. in. their. writing. 🙂

  3. Hi. I’m considering purchasing your How to Structure a Novel Workbook software, and have a few questions. Will this arrive in my mail on a CD, or will I be downloading it? If downloading, can I download it on both my phone and my laptop, or is it limited to one device? Once downloaded, can I use it without being connected to tbe internet?

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says:

      Thanks, Barbara! First of all, let me just note that the software is actually based on my Outlining Your Novel Workbook. It does feature a structural section, but that’s not its main focus.

      Second, it’s a download. There is no hardcopy or CD involved. After purchase, you can immediately download the program to your computer. You can put it on more than one computer, and you don’t need to be connected to the Internet to use it after download.

  4. PJ Lightning says:

    Don’t waste your money on this poorly functioning app. The Word add-in is rubbish. even on under 2000 words, it crashes word. It just corrupted my manuscript (lucky I have back ups but I’ve lost yesterday’s work.
    The desktop app isn’t much better because it doesn’t support Word’s styles so you can’t make changes and save without losing your chapters and contents list.

    Their help is poor as well. They aren’t open on the weekends and only there in office hours.
    I do not recommend this app.

  5. I missed the sale, but I have purchased the “Outline Your Novel” software and it is pretty fantastic! Thanks for putting this together. I love the book/workbook but it is much easier to use this software on my computer! YOU read my mind on this one. I don’t know that the PROWriting Aide is, where can I get more information on it. Thanks

  6. Hi, I would like just the Outline Your Novel software, but it doesn’t seem to be available in Australia. Amazon says it’s not available in my geographical location. Hence I can’t even determine the price. Can you assist?

    Cheers,
    Darren

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