Outlining Your Novel

  • by K. M. Weiland
  • Narrated by Sonja Field
  • 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Let outlines help you write a better book!
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:


Ensures cohesion and balance
Prevents dead-end ideas
Provides foreshadowing
Offers assurance and motivation
Dispel misconceptions:


Requires formal formatting
Limits creativity
Robs the joy of discovery
Takes too much time

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Good intro to outlining

Author's description of the value of outlining as a tool to help organize a writer's thought process was helpful, also liked ways to end a scene to keep the reader reading.

I appreciated the author's philosophical approach to outlining which emphasized the importance of planning over plans themselves. And now here are some tools to plan with...

I liked the narrator's engaging voice and style, lively without being overbearing.

I also listened to 'How to structure your novel' by the same author and narrator.

I'm sure I'll listen to both books again and if they did something on Dialogue, I would probably check that out too.

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- Ishmael Samuels

Great listen, probably best for "beginners"

What made the experience of listening to Outlining Your Novel the most enjoyable?

Felt like I was having a conversation with the author.


Have you listened to any of Sonja Field’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

First time I've listened to her. She did a great job, so this most likely won't be my last time.


Any additional comments?

Having read a lot of books on writing, there's nothing new here. I'm of the opinion, though, that it doesn't hurt to have these lessons burned into your memory. And the writing and the narration make this such a delightful listen that it was well worth my time.

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- Jay Quintana

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-26-2014
  • Publisher: PenForASword Publishing