• Structuring Your Novel

  • Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story
  • By: K. M. Weiland
  • Narrated by: Sonja Field
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (684 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 discover the universal underpinnings that guarantee powerful plot and character arcs. An understanding of proper story and scene structure will help you to not only perfectly time your story's major events, but will also provide you with an unerring standard to use in evaluating your novel's pacing and progression.

Structuring Your Novel will show you:

  • How to determine the best methods for unleashing 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 on every page.
  • 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 empowered countless bestselling and classic authors. Now it's your turn!

©2013 Katie M. Weiland (P)2014 Katie M. Weiland

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An Outstanding Resource for Writers

As a fiction writer myself, I love to study the masters of the trade, from the fabulous screenwriting teacher of Story, the great Robert McKee, to Orson Scott Card, and the many professors who instruct others in the art. But K.M. Weiland has distilled much of that knowledge into a writer's resource that is succinct and extremely useful, whether you are a seat of your pants writer (a pantser) such as myself, or a writer who doesn't even begin the draft until a detailed outline is complete.

I still take a month-long break between novels to study the craft, but when I start laying out my plots, developing my characters, and working on the character and story arcs, I pull out K.M. Weiland's STRUCTURING YOUR NOVEL. It has certainly made my work much easier.

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Finally! The bones of novel writing!

I've been wondering for quite some time whether there was a logical structure underpinning the art of writing novels. In this wonderful reference book K.M. Weiland confirms there is. She goes on to explain it in a way that makes sense and is easy to understand.

I'm very glad I read this book and recommend it to others who want to better understand the craft of writing.

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Perfect

This audiobook is just what I was looking for. I liked the clear explanation of story, scene, sequel (not what you might think), and sentence structure so much that I am on my third time listening. I also ended up buying the Kindle book, plus the workbook, as well as both the Kindle and Workbook on Outlining.

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A Writer's Best Friend

I've downloaded and read countless books and references for writers- some good and some not worthy of a bookend. This audible version that I downloaded is keeping me busy in the car, on the walk, and while in between the computer and the pen. The best part aside from the usefulness of the content is the narrator's pleasing and easy-to-follow voice. I've tossed a couple of audibles due to horrible accents or patronizing tones. This one is a perfect match to the content. Very well done!

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Good tips and beautifully voiced.

Good tips and a nice condensed format. Helps explain the basics of story telling, scene structure and sentence structure. The narration is also beautiful.

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This book is excellent!

I just loved this book. The author explained each detail so clearly. This book will help you in so many ways. If you're working on a book already and you've hit a brick wall this book can help..

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So helpful

Just when I think I've gotten all I can from how-to books one like this comes along and provides new info. Loved the examples like Pride and Prejudice, etc., which helped clarify the examples. Also really liked the narrator. Overall great book.

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Accessible and informative

A good utility knife for opening the essentials of story structure.

This was an excellent book for a young writer.

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It’s no Save The Cat

Just do yourself a favor and read Save The Cat — either the original screenplay version or the novel version. This is an inferior version of that extremely useful series.

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Learned Something New

This was a good overview of structuring a novel. I am interested in writing and I write a lot for work, so I am always looking for ideas and ways to improve. I picked up a few new tidbits in this book that I can use, whether for my "fun" writing or my "work" writing. I liked the format, as the author uses well-known works to illustrate her points.

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  • 05-03-17

Good to learn the basics!

I was looking for "Techniques of the selling writer" but I couldn't find it. this in the other hand contains the same principles and techniques.

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  • Nicky Blue
  • 05-22-17

Highly recommended

This is a very clear and useful book on plotting a novel. Nicely structured and full of insight.

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  • lucasashford123
  • 12-01-21

i've bought all of her books and audiobooks, Shes amazing!

I love the way she presents stuff to us so simply, shes so intelligent and a great writer as proof of her other titles - highly recommend her character arc book, her structure book(this one) and her outlining one. Maybe check out her other material with only those three books i feel i have a bible and finally a shot at writing now i understand so much. Really recommended

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  • RJ
  • 06-04-20

Great Book

Book could have done with the narrator telling the reader what chapter we're on.

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  • 04-14-20

Good Book

Really enjoyed this. Lots of helpful tips for writers of all levels. Thank you. Liked your other books as well.

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  • treadmiller
  • 05-20-18

Absolutely Amazing

I only bought this because the reviews were so good. I had thought, can it be that good? Well it is! It has turned starting a novel from a jumped intimidating mess to a clear path. I have now begun and am incredibly excited about it. I heart you Weiland

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  • 02-12-22

very interesting and engaging

very clear and well worthwhile, helps focus thinking even for an experienced writer. highly recommended

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  • John Cruickshank
  • 10-28-21

Great Writer’s Reference

This book removes the mystery about writing a good novel and presents a methodical approach to ensure that your readers are hooked. As well as breaking down each component of the novel, K. M. Weiland provides checklists for authors and answers all the questions related to structure. I learned a lot from reading/listening to this book and I am sure other novice or experienced writers will too.

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  • BillionaireManzi
  • 07-16-21

Yes Please

Must read.. Very thorough and very well read.. Highly Recommended for any and all storytellers