Master post on outlining a novel – 21 ways to outline your book

In my attempts to outline my novel I did a lot of online reading as well as the books I've previously mentioned. Google will find you many sites which offer help with outlining a (fiction) book, but I've gathered 20 useful articles. Which one suits you? This starts small and builds up from a single sentence for... Continue Reading →

Novel structure – James Scott Bell and my book outlining challenge

I've now finished reading James Scott Bell's SuperStructure. I was a bit sniffy about it in an earlier post and didn't feel it could apply to me. But now I've changed my mind, or at least, moved the furniture round. I'm ready to finalise my story outline and crack on with the writing the middle and end.... Continue Reading →

Outlining challenge- finish my novel outline in two days

This week I have a mission - to finish the outline for my book. I've been working on it for a few weeks, by reading from some experts, plus actually drafting some outlines, mind maps and scene lists. I think it has helped, but now I have a sneaking feeling that the main point of all... Continue Reading →

Hidden, or, Suddenly finding out what 33 million people think

Today's post is actually a link to a quick article which sits better elsewhere so that's where I put it. Let me know if you can't see it! Just my thoughts on waking up to a surprising reality this morning, and wondering -  what if we could always know what everyone was thinking?    

Like the plague: why you should avoid writing groups

I’ve followed Joanna Penn for a little while now and found her website and its writing resources very helpful. So the chance to hear her advice on publishing, specifically self publishing, at the SPS summit in June was too good to miss. Everything she said was relevant and informative, but one thing leapt out. She... Continue Reading →

Scrivener and Joseph Michael – 9 tips from the Scrivener Expert!

I recently attended several sessions of Chandler Bolt's online writing conference, the Self Publishing Success Summit.  All the sessions I watched were excellent, offering high quality advice from experienced authors. One session though, offered even more - the tutorial given by Joseph Michael, AKA Scrivener Guy. Joseph gave us an hour of highly-condensed video tutorial... Continue Reading →

My Biggest Pants Yet – outlining a novel, Part 2

I read these books last week when I got in trouble with outlining my first novel. Below are my impressions of these books, and what I've learned by reading them. Take off your pants! by Libbie Hawker. This was my first admission that, for a story longer than anything I’d ever written*, I needed help.... Continue Reading →

My Biggest Pants Yet – Outlining a novel, Part 1

Where I come from, pants means knickers. That’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m talking about outlining my novel. In Lancashire, (and also in, you know, America) pants means trousers. Flying by the seat of them is a style of writing beloved of those who like to be spontaneous, creative, freeform. They are known as... Continue Reading →

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