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I really enjoyed the author’s other book “Structuring Your Novel”. It made perfect sense and was well organised.
This book, however, was confusing. Its title promises a book about outlining a novel, but the author never defines what an outline is or what she means when she refers to “an outline”. The closest she comes is to give three examples of non-traditional outlines. And despite paragraph after paragraph on the importance of outlining, she never seems to explain how to actually outline a novel.
She does this sort of thing elsewhere in the book, too. At one point she refers to a novel’s theme and why it’s very important, but never explains what a theme is.
The book does offer a lot of advice that sounds practical and intuitively seems like it should be helpful. But, unlike her other book, this advice seems haphazard. There don’t seem to be clear connections between the topics discussed.
If you’re considering writing a novel, I would still recommend this book to you because, as I’ve said, it does seem to contain helpful information. If you only want to read one book by this author, though, I highly recommend the other one, “Structuring Your Novel”.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
She completely reversed my position on outlining and by the time I finished this audiobook during my morning commute in the car I had completed an entire outline and first draft of my novel. KM breaks this all down in digestible and inspiring bits. Outlining Your Novel will go on my list of top resources that changed the entire way I work.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
This has been great, it's really helped me put my thoughts in order and get going with my novel.
What other book might you compare Outlining Your Novel to, and why?
Not sure, I've read loads of writing books but this was the most practical and helpful.
Have you listened to any of Sonja Field’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Nope - but would listen to another one
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
If I'd had the time I would have.
Any additional comments?
It's a really encouraging read with lots of tips and ideas. A must for all would be novelists.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
My first novel I wrote as a pantser. My subsequent books, a blend of plot vs flying by the seat of my pants. A lot of the things the author covers, I’m already doing, but this book is well presented, logical and interesting. It certainly contains some good organisational tips.