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 →

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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