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Another priceless resource I used in my writing process was K.M. Weiland’s “Structuring Your Novel Workbook“. Although I didn’t use the workbook in  conjunction with her book “Structuring Your Novel” I found it incredibly helpful as a stand alone tool.

If you’re confused about how fiction books are structured, K.M. Weiland’s workbook will take you step-by-step in understanding and planning your plot points. Her books are clear and to the point.

K.M. is full of additional and free resources as well, but she is a powerhouse when it comes to structure.

I recognize there is controversy whether to plan or not but if you, at least, take the time to establish your hook, plot point one, two, three, and the climax of your story you will save yourself hours of stress and frustration. How do I know? Experience.

I hired an amazing editor who used to work for Harper Collins. I can’t say enough awesome things about her and even though I have plenty of edits for my novel I do NOT have rewrites, plot holes, issues with dialogue, and I only have minor characterization issues with one character. Not only would I have spent hundreds of dollars more if I had the above issues I might have given up when the edits came back.

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I’m currently reading K.M. Weiland’s “Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing An Outstanding Story”.  This is a great resource and even better paired with the workbook. If you have novel  idea50 million thoughts running through your head, it’s a great way to flush out the important and valuable ones for your story.

Here’s an excerpt from her book and what a hook should contain. The book gives several examples as well.

“So what can we learn from these masterful hooks?

  1. Hooks should be inherent to the plot
  2. Hooks don’t always involve action, but they always set it up
  3. Hooks never waste time
  4. Hooks almost always pull double or triple duty in introducing character, conflict, and plot – and even setting and theme.”

I also enjoy the simplicity of her writing and explanations. I tend to get bombarded with writing advice, rules, and “how to’s” that it’s a breath of fresh air to have someone break it down into easily absorbed pieces.

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Regardless if your writing consists of an outline or fly by the seat of your pants, structure is a must in writing plot, characters, dialogue and more. However, when someone says, “outline” to me I’m immediately thrown back into grade school hell with roman numerals! In fact, I think it has scarred me for life!

I’ve pondered the idea for a while, and my fellow writers and readers have talked to me about writing a full-length novel based on “Tears in the Sun”. But, when I’m writing about deep issues such as mental illness I have a tendency to get overwhelmed on where to start. I have the opening figured out, but what next? Then my mind begins to spiral with What if? What if? What if? So, I spent eight dollars to help get my thoughts organized and build a story. I did not say outline, just organized. The best part, it’s a clear and simple workbook. I highly recommend it.


K.M. Weiland, who I’m a fan of, is fantastic at explaining and simplifying the craft of writing. You can purchase it on Amazon. 

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My hubby asked me today why I hadn’t posted this week, and I replied that I wasn’t sure what to talk about. As soon as that came out of my mouth, I knew. Funny how that happens.

First of all, I’d like to thank every one of you for taking time to read and comment concerning the time management post. I had such awesome words of encouragement and fantastic ideas. While reading all the comments, I got a few tears in my eyes. That might sound silly, but the idea that people I’ve never met face to face, felt it was important enough to share their own struggles and suggestions, well, it meant a lot to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Now, as I’ve  mentioned before, I have some short stories published, and I’m always pondering the idea of what story would make a good novel. The short story that I have out for submission now…I can’t stop thinking about it. I don’t feel it’s finished. It’s not finished inside me, but I’m not a 100% positive it’s the first novel. I know, that just because I can’t say good-bye to the story yet, doesn’t necessarily mean I need to write the rest of it. OR, does it?

I know many of you have written a full length novel, so how did you know it was the right story?

I am currently reading K.M. Weiland’s book “Outlining Your Novel Map Your Way To Success”. I honestly thought it would be boring, but it’s the opposite. I love it. I hate outlining too, but there are all these options. Anyway, I’ll save that for another day.

So that’s where my thought process is. I’ve tried writing another short story, but I keep going back to the last one. Maybe I’m just emotionally vested in it.

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