If you’re a writer who’s been rejected more times than you can count, watch Jia Jiang’s fifteen-minute TED talk on purposefully seeking rejection.
Outlining Your Novel by K.M. Weiland ought to be on every author’s bookshelf.
If you’ve ever found yourself paralyzed by a blinking cursor or suddenly struck dumb at the sight of a blank piece of paper, Outlining is your solution. If you believe that you can only write when you’re inspired, Outlining (plus Steven Pressfield’s inimitable War of Art) will have you believing otherwise. And if you think that outlining will snuff out the spark of creativity that writing by the seat of your pants sometimes produces, realize what Weiland writes in her conclusion: “Story is as much about structure as it is about inspiration.”
In her opening, K.M. Weiland writes, “Outlining has transformed my own writing process from hit-and-miss creativity to a reliable process of story craft. Outlining allows me to ride the waves of my story with utter confidence, channeling the art into the craft to produce solid stories. And the best part about outlining? It’s entirely learnable.”
As someone who’s worked on more than a few books by now, I can vouch for Weiland’s motivation for writing Outlining Your Novel: (more…)
WARNING: Don’t read any further unless you understand these words from Steven Pressfield:
“The artist committing himself to his calling has volunteered for hell, whether he knows it or not. He will be dining for the duration on a diet of isolation, rejection, self-doubt, despair, ridicule, contempt, and humiliation.”
If you’re ready to dine, read on. (more…)