So, today, I have a review for you! As you probably can tell by the title of this post, I’m reviewing the Outlining Your Novel Workbook by K.M Weiland.
Recently, I joined her exclusive group, Wordplayers, and I requested the Outlining your Novel workbook to read (for free!) and review.
So let’s get started! (Oh, and don’t worry- I did read Outlining Your Novel first (turns out they did have it at the library, after all.))
Usually, I despise workbooks. A lot of the time, I can’t understand what is wanted of me. So I was very pleased to see that the Outlining Your Novel workbook was very easy for me to understand.
I’m really more of a visual learner, and I loved all of the little charts and things, such
as the “How Much Time Do Stories Need?” thingy (what do I call it?) on page 56.
I also loved how Ms. Weiland took real stories and movies for her examples, such as the Hunger Games. (Fangirl speaking XD)
The whole workbook was amazing, but my absolute favorite parts were the character interviews and the whole of chapter 17.
As I’ve been working through my outline, I’ve been feeling “caged in”. I need room to dream, and I can’t have everything planned out. I will admit I was very close to giving up on my outline, when I scrolled all the way down and found chapter 17: “Unconventional Outlines.”
That chapter was EXACTLY what I needed. I adore the map section the most, but all of it was so amazing. (let’s forget the fact that I can’t draw a map to save my life.) And the calendar was absolutely genius.
After reading the workbook and working through it, I know exactly the direction my story needs to go.
All in all, I give the Outlining your Novel workbook five stars, even though outlining doesn’t exactly seem to be my thing.
And that’s my review! I know I’m really awful at writing reviews… but I did my best!
Do you outline?