Review of K.M. Weiland’s, Structuring Your Novel
K.M. Weiland has a passion for teaching and writing. Thankfully she shares these passions with the world through her website and social media. She is kind, gracious and helpful to those who reach out to her for help.
“She proposes a program where most of the hard work is done before we begin our first word. We design the plot, characters and scenes through brainstorming, planning and hard work.”
In the past I was doubtful about the necessity of outlining. However, she makes a strong case, and I have recommended her book to others. As a result, I was very happy to hear she was continuing the series.
Ms. Weiland’s second book is even better than the first. Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys to Writing Your Novel, has much to commend.
The book is simple to read, yet packed with information. She is clear and concise in her instruction and provides many examples along the way to illustrate her points.
The introduction makes a convincing case for building a solid structure as we plan our stories for the world. Each chapter builds on the previous one, and Ms. Weiland does something that I really like. Each chapter has a section where she takes a series of books and films, and she provides examples of what she is talking about from each one. In every chapter she returns to the same examples to establish continuity.
The examples she gives are the ones she chose. Each person has their own personal tastes, and she could not have chosen a list that would have suited the appetites of everyone. Nonetheless, the reader still learns as they chart the path through the book.
I hope she continues producing writing instruction books, especially if each one is better than the one before.