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  • Helpful, sort of generic

    This book has some good tips for the elements of a successful story including character, structure, scene framing etc. I don't know if it's necessarily a book specific to outlining, though, since the basic gist seems to be ''You should totally outline. Here are the elements of a good story, so put them in your outline!" In a book dedicated to outlines I expected more technical discussions of structure, not to mention techniques for the outline itself. (Also, Weiland and I disagree on terminology--what she calls her outline I call raw notes, or working out the story, or freewriting. What she calls the Abbreviated Outline is, for me, the outline--a reference document I can actually use in the writing process.) Overall the book felt more like a general writing advice book with an emphasis on outlines rather than an exhaustive how-to for outlining. Still made some good points and gave interesting tips, though, and I'm glad I read it.

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  • Inspirational

    Showed me a few elements that I'd not considered. I found the book helpful and inspirational.

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  • Great for us first timers

    I've read quite a few help books for 'first time novelists' but this is the first to say 'it's a good idea to say/do this, but it's your book so decide what it is you want to happen & feel free to change things if you need to'. Others give the impression that as soon as a word has been writtwn

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  • Brilliant

    Great work assisting authors, experienced and novice, to plan their novels. Very helpful!

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  • Never one for outlining

    Great book just a little long lol!

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