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Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

K.M. Weiland

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Acclaim for Structuring Your Novel



“I have long wished for a book like this. Structuring Your Novel is so much more than a writing craft book—it’s a recipe to help writers structure a deep, meaningful journey for their hero that will captivate readers from beginning to end.”— Angela Ackerman, Author of The Emotion Thesaurus

“There is absolute gold in this book—and I am grateful that the author has a real talent for distilling some of the somewhat clunky information found elsewhere, into really simple-to-understand and easy-to-follow techniques.”—Robert Scanlon

“This book shows a writer how to structure their novel from beginning to end in a no-nonsense manner. It’s fast and easy reading, and MAKES SENSE!”—Carrie C. Spencer

About the Book



Is Structure the Hidden Foundation of All Successful Stories?


Why do some stories work and others don’t? The answer is structure. In this IPPY and NIEA Award-winning guide from the author of the bestselling Outlining Your Novel, you will learn the universal underpinnings that guarantee powerful plot and character arcs. An understanding of proper story and scene structure will show you how to perfectly time your story’s major events and will provide you with an unerring standard against which to evaluate your novel’s pacing and progression.

Structuring Your Novel will show you:


  • How to determine the best techniques for empowering your unique and personal vision for your story.

  • How to identify common structural weaknesses and flip them around into stunning strengths.

  • How to eliminate saggy middles by discovering your “centerpiece.”

  • Why you should NEVER include conflict in every scene.

  • How to discover the questions you don’t want readers asking about your plot—and then how to get them to ask the right questions.


Story structure has enabled countless bestselling and classic authors. Now it’s your turn!


More Praise for Structuring Your Novel



“K.M. Weiland delivers another exceptional resource for writers—offering practical guidance on everything from crafting a book’s hook to its resolution.”—Elizabeth Spann Craig, Author of the Myrtle Clover Mysteries

Structuring Your Novel will give you the blueprint for making your story more powerful. I’m taking this one with me to my desert island!”—Jennifer Ibarra

“After finishing the book, I reviewed my own writing and was easily able to see where the story wasn’t working, understand why it wasn’t, and figure out what I needed to do to fix it.”—Abby Geiger

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  • Editeur : PenForASword Publishing (29 novembre 2013)
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  • Langue : Anglais
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Structure is the essential element of a successful story 20 août 2013
Par GRIGORY RYZHAKOV - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
This book is about the most overlooked aspect of the writer's craft - the fiction novel structure. Many newbie writers, and I was one of them, just start writing stories without realising how easy it is to fall into multiple traps that would ruin their books. Some of us have an excellent inbuilt sense of the structure, others, like me, not so much, yet every writer needs to learn about the rules of storytelling at least to know why our stories are missing something or simply fail to appeal to the reader.
KM Weiland systematically goes through the macro- and micro-structure of the novel. First, she tells us meticulously about the architecture of the three-act plan stories and all the important elements of it, e.g. first plot point, inciting event, climax, resolution. Then, she writes about the structure and dynamics of the scene and the two types scenes and their variations. Finally, she discusses the micro-structure at the level of sentences and the common signs of the clunky prose.

I have started following Katie's blog for writers, Wordplay, years ago and I think I've learned from her most of the techniques described here before I even started reading the book.

"Structuring Your Novel" is a distilled and well-organised digest of dozens of Wordplay blogposts and KM Weiland is definitely the right person to give us her expert opinion. She is a successful historical/speculative fiction writer, so a lot of teaching comes from her own experience.
I congratulate the author with this new brilliant guide for writers, I'm sure it will help many of us become better writers.
41 internautes sur 43 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Must Read For Beginning Fiction Writers! 25 août 2013
Par Tony Maxey - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
As a beginning fiction writer, I read lots of books on writing `how to's. Most of these books that I find most helpful cluster around topics related to plotting, character development, and story telling.

I soon learned that story structure and plot are tied together, so regardless of the genre you are writing in, making your plot work within your story structure is absolutely key to keeping your reader engaged and continuing to turn the pages of your story.

K.M. Weiland's new book, `Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story` breaks new ground. This book bridges the gap between story structure for movies and structure that works for novels and short stories.

Ms. Weiland knows whereof she speaks; she is the author of three published novels as well as several short stories, as well as a previous non-fiction book, `Outlining Your Novel.` I purchased that book, and it led me to her very useful teaching web site, which I have been followig for some time.

In her new book, `Structuring Your Novel,` Ms. Weiland discusses the principles of structuring your story as a whole, but then in the second half of the book, she breaks new ground -- at least it was new to me-- by detailing out the structuring principles at the level of a story's individual scenes. It turns out there is quite a bit to know about how to structure and order scenes so as to be successful in getting your reader to continue turning the pages. Ms. Weiland gives a very complete treatment to this, and I haven't seen any other book that gives as much information on this topic as she does.

`Structuring Your Novel...' is chock full of concrete examples of the concepts the author presents. Each story or scene level structure concept is followed up with with four examples, two drawn from well known novels, and two from films, which make application of the concept easy to understand. And, the author is consistent in using this approach throughout the book. This consistency, and Ms. Weiland's diligence in finding good examples that well illustrate her points really do make this book very useful.

To sum up, a writer who understands story structure is far more likely to write reader engaging, page turning fiction than a writer who doesn't understand the importance of it. The value of a writing book is that it can help you be a better writer. `Structuring Your Novel...' is already helping me craft better stories.
43 internautes sur 48 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent Resource 24 août 2013
Par Rachelle - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
What I Loved

I learned a lot just from the Table of Contents--and that was how I knew I was going to be fascinated by the rest of K.M. Weiland's latest release, Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story.

"Story structure is deeply instinctual. Most readers don't know a thing about structure; but they do know when a story doesn't work because something in its structure is off. Same goes for authors. Many successful authors write without any knowledge of structure, and their stories still work because they're instinctively following the tenets of structure without even being aware of it." -- Chapter 13

I was right. It only took me a few days to read this book, which is saying something when it comes to me and nonfiction. K.M. Weiland offers a thorough breakdown of what story structure means--a daunting task. Plus, she does it without being dry, boring, or overwhelming. I thought the terms and information would send my brain into overload, but Weiland remained witty and clear throughout.

Full of examples of what she means, illustrations of her points, and applicable advice for writers who want to grasp what it means to structure their novel, this book is an excellent resource for plotters and pantsers, those who are familiar with the three-act structure and those who are not (yet).

What I Didn't Like As Much

During the first half of the book, I wished that the examples Weiland chose (which include Pride and Prejudice and It's A Wonderful Life) were slightly younger. I wanted to see her dissect The Hunger Games or one of her own novels, but over the course of the book, I began to appreciate what she was doing--using examples that had half a chance of being familiar to a wide audience.

(And I suppose using The Hunger Games would introduce far too many spoilers.)

Why I Recommend This Book

For writers who know exactly what In Medias Res means and for those who have never heard of the Hook or the Inciting Event, K.M. Weiland offers a book that will decode story structure in such a way as to keep the writer/reader engaged and reaching for paper to write down ideas. Examples enlighten. Application abounds. I highly recommend Structuring Your Novel.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Big Weiland fan but this one is just okay 4 janvier 2014
Par A. Burnett - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I buy and read everything that K.M. Weiland puts out about writing. I really enjoyed her book on outlining and was looking for more sage advice from her in this book. And for the first 2/3 of the book, she delivered. The last third of the book--which I'm still slogging through--has fallen apart. In many places it reads more like an outline than actual prose: lots of lists, bullet points, etc. Not that the content in those lists and bullet points was bad, but it was more appropriate for an appendix (which could be used as a reference). In the middle of the rest of the book it just becomes a chore to skip multiple pages between paragraphs of readable content. It's much to dry to actually read every item on the lists and in the bullet points. And by the time you've found the next page with real content, you've lost the flow from the previous page with real content. So I find the last third of the book largely lacking in value to me as a writer--which is unfortunate because she starts covering some relatively unique concepts in the last third: namely Scenes and how they're comprised of scenes (small 's') and sequels. So I'm kind of grumpy and frustrated that she squandered the opportunity to legitimately share her insights and expertise on the last third, after doing relatively well (a little dry, but still readable) for the first two-thirds. I, personally, would appreciate it if she fixed the last third of the book to make it flow better and offer more value to me as a writer. Oh, and the last third of the book (maybe even the last half of the book) becomes far more wordy than necessary with lots of filler that just served to obscure what she was trying to communicate. At $2.99 I'm not looking for a high page count as a measure of value, I care a lot more about the quality of the content than the length. In that sense, I'd really appreciate a much more concise (but not dry, and eschewing bullet points and lists) coverage of the last half of the book. It just felt like she got tired of the book about the time that she'd edited and refined the first half or two-thirds of the book and decided to ship it as it was.
10 internautes sur 11 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Exceptional 15 août 2013
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
K.M. Weiland delivers another exceptional resource for writers--offering practical guidance on everything from crafting a book's hook to its resolution. She effectively uses examples from literature to illustrate and clarify her points and simplify the process of structuring a book. "Structuring Your Novel" provides concise, expert instruction for writers in all stages of their careers.
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