Book Review: Outlining Your Novel

This is the first in a series of book reviews. On the third Friday of every month, I’m hoping to share a book review of the writing books I have read recently. We’re starting off with Outlining Your Novel by K.M. Weiland.

Title: Outlining Your Novel
Written By: K.M. Weiland
Genre: Writing Helps/Non-fiction
Recommended Ages: AnyAuthor


I got this book for a birthday or Christmas present last year and finally got around to reading it. Now I wish I had read it sooner. It helped me tremendously. As I read the book, I did the checklist at the end of each chapter for the novella I planned to write in November. Originally, I thought it would take me the whole month to write the book, but because of the steps I took using the tips in this book, I wrote all 23,183 words in just 17 days.

Clarity: 1/1

K.M. Weiland definitely has a way of putting things that is helpful, clear, and witty. The way she wrote these tips using both good and bad examples from her own experience was exactly what I needed.

Usability: 1/1

I basically already answered this question in my intro, but I’ll continue the story. A few weeks after finishing this book and writing my novella, I decided I needed a little help in a novel I’d already started, so I went through the books and looked at my underlines and the checklists at the end of the chapters. I now have a new plot twist in the book and a plan for the ending—the part I had lacked before.

Readability: 1/1

I have the paperback version of this book, so I’m can’t vouch for the Kindle version, but the book was set up in such a way that it was easy to underline things I wanted to be able to easily find, write in the margins, or just plain read. The font size was perfect and the formatting easy to maneuver.

Overall writing quality: 1/1

Par excellence. I don’t think I really need to say more than that.

Un-put-down-ability: 1/1

The only times I put down the book were to follow her instructions or checklist, or to do something I had to do because unfortunately, the family needs laundry done, food to eat, and I really shouldn’t ignore everybody for too long.

Conclusion: 5/5

If you are a writer, author, or aspiring author, you should read this book. I would have considered myself somewhere between a pantser and planner, but now I’m leaning a little more heavily toward the planner spectrum. Even if you are a pantser, you should still read this book. There are character development tips in here that were invaluable to creating some of the most 3D characters I have ever written.




Faith Blum is a 20-something author of multiple books in various genres. She loves to write, read, play piano, knit, crochet, sew, watch movies, and play games with her family. She lives in Wisconsin with her family on a small family farm where they raise a lot of animals.

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2 Comment

  1. Excellent review; thanks! I have “Structuring Your Novel” but have yet to get my hands on “Outlining.” Sounds like it has really good tips! 🙂

  2. Thanks, Perry. I have that one, too, I think. I highly recommend “Outlining.”

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