Outlining: Step-by-Step

Essential Chapter Outline, Fiction and Nonfiction Outlining Tricks Any Writer Can Learn (Writing Best Seller, Volume 2)
Narrated by: Erin Fossa
Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Is your novel losing the plot? 

Sometimes we can be too close to a story to see clearly. If you find you begin to change the plot midway or struggle to think of one at all, this audiobook deals specifically with keeping you on track to create compelling plot outlines your readers will love.  

Outlining is an invaluable tool for a writer. It helps the author to not feel confined by working to a plot summary and instead demonstrates how, by following best practices, such a framework can liberate the writer to new levels of creativity.  

This concise guide also reveals the way to use an outline for those writers who prefer the story to be revealed to them. Both methods help to drive the narrative and create twists and surprises that will captivate your audience.  

Marsh establishes a blueprint for both fiction and nonfiction novels and gives useful examples while considering the strengths and weaknesses of each method.  

Arranged simply and effectively, this guide is divided into four concise and easy-to-listen-to sections that will bring about fast results. These are:  

  • "The Basics of Making an Outline" - considers the flow of ideas, how to present characters effectively against a developing story line, and the way to refine major schemes and subplots that drive the story forward.  
  • "Fiction Outline" - practical methods that inspire ideas in different ways to help the sequencing of events unfold in a story and keep sight of the key points.  
  • "Non-Fiction Outline" - four methods to arrange facts and research in a way that will not leave any gaps in the reader’s understanding.  
  • "Best Practices" - tips to get to know your characters and story more deeply so your reader will be fully absorbed in the novel.
©2018 Sandy Marsh (P)2018 Sandy Marsh

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top quality


This woman really knows what she’s doing. For those of you who were analytical in their writing, this is the book for you

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best guide

This is, by far, one of the best, if not the best, book I have read concerning how to outline your book. The author is insightful and doesn't come across as condescending at all. Each chapter is full of guidance and pair with her workbook really made it easy for me to outline my new novel.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone trying to start writing.

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outstanding


This companion book to Outlining Your Novel is almost perfect. Making it spiral bound instead of regular bound would allow for easier writing. As it is, you have to hold the book open to write, and you have to write into the crevice (the center).

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recommended heartly

I would recommend this book to anyone who might be looking for a full story plotting guide, or someone who just needs a few questions to point them in the right direction.

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I am very happy with my progress

I am very happy with my progress and this book. I am not disappointed, though this starts out very basic it quickly moves into structure and motivation. Well worth the cost.

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New view storytelling

I got so much out of this that will help me write my book. What you gain is insight and perspective and a better sense of what works and what doesn't. Very helpful.

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Nothing surprising here.

I did not learn too much from this. If you attended a tough high school senior English class you got more out of that then what this book will provide. The narration is good, but the content is about as basic as you can get. If you’re looking for any secrets or helpful hints that will improve what you already know, I would not look here.

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Very useful

I found this useful. I only knew one or two ways to outline so I am glad I picked this up.

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incredible

I have recommended the book to numerous writing friends already and it will soon be one of my Musing Recommendations in my newsletter.

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Solid book on novel planning

I'm the type of person who love to know why things are the way they are, and the more scientific the better. The explanations mostly make sense and give a nice twist to the entire subject matter. In other words, it's right down my geeky alley.