Monday, August 19, 2013

Structuring Your Novel by K. M. Weiland

There are so many great writing books out there, it's easy to get overwhelmed by all the choices. I pick up a lot of the Writer's Digest's line of books at the library's used book sale and that's been a great way to find the ones that speak to me and my writing style without laying down a lot of cash (or getting stuck in a subscription). I've found some true gems that way.

And yet, I still find myself turning to some old favorites when I'm really stuck in my writing. One of those is Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Succes by K. M. Weiland, and she's got a new book coming out on story structure that I'm eager to check out. Here are the cover and blurb:

Is Structure the
Hidden Foundation of All Successful Stories?

Why do some stories work and others don’t? The answer is structure. In this new guide from the author of the bestselling Outlining Your Novel, you will discover the universal underpinnings that guarantee powerful plot and character arcs. An understanding of proper story and scene structure will help you to not only perfectly time your story’s major events, but will also provide you with an unerring standard to use in evaluating your novel’s pacing and progression.
Structuring Your Novel
will show you:
  • How to determine the best methods for unleashing your unique and personal vision for your story.
  • How to identify common structural weaknesses and flip them around into stunning strengths.
  • How to eliminate saggy middles by discovering your “centerpiece.”
  • Why you should NEVER include conflict on every page.
  • How to discover the questions you don’t want readers asking about your plot—and then how to get them to ask the right questions.
Story structure has empowered countless bestselling and classic authors. Now it’s your turn!

Stop by her blog tour that's starting this week, and go check out the wealth of information on her website, Helping Writers Become Authors! And feel free to leave a comment below with your own favorite writing book. :)


  1. This totally sounds like something I need. :)

  2. Thanks so much for the shout out, Angelica! I'm so glad you've enjoyed Outlining and found it useful. :)

  3. Thanks for putting this book on my radar! I love this blog and everyone who writes for it! Such a help!!


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