Now my true crime memoir is almost ‘put to bed’ my thoughts turn to my next work in progress. I say progress, but the book is only in my head at the present.

I do so wish to write a novel. But how to go about it? Silly me thought that writing was an easy business. How wrong! I suddenly remembered I had a book gathering dust in my Kindle library. I am so pleased I remembered that.

Outlining Your Novel – Mapping Your Way to Success by K.M. Weiland is a lifeline. I really recommend it to any wannabe novelist.

Not only is it packed full of useful information, but it’s also an easy read.

It covers:

  • 6 Core Competencies
  • Characters and Character Arcs
  • Conflict
  • Theme
  • Back Story
  • Character Interviews
  • Ennegrams
  • Setting
  • Extended Outline
  • POV
  • Structuring (to a lesser degree)
  • 3 Fundamental Elements of a Story – Relationships – Action – Humor
  • Framing
  • Domino Effect
  • Reverse Outlining
  • Abbreviated Outline
  • Organizing and Analyzing Scenes
  • Chapter Breaks
  • Control Pacing

There is a checklist at the end of each chapter followed by a guest author’s bio with their thoughts about outlining. It’s worth every penny. Now all I have to do is make a start!

The genre of my novel? Police procedural based on my undercover days, what else?

For a free preview click on the book cover to go through to Amazon.com and click on this link to go to Amazon.co.uk.

K.M. Weiland’s website is here at Helping Writers Become Authors.


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