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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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    Never one for outlining

    Great book just a little long lol!
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