outlining

Three Dirty Birds and Weiland's Character Sketches

Our Dirty Birds discussion of K.M. Weiland’s Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success continues with the second chapter on character sketches. Kate: I just…can’t…even. By the time I got through everything she does, I’d be so done with that story. Though I can see it being useful over a series. Zoe: I...

Three Dirty Birds and Connecting the Dots

The Three Dirty Birds are back with Chapter 4 of KM Weiland’s Outlining Your Novel: Mapping Your Way to Success. Today we’re talking about what Weiland calls ‘Connecting the Dots’. Kate: I think we need to stop reading outlining books. I’m developing a ‘permanently annoyed’ state of mind. I’m going to get wrinkles! Ana:...

The Question of Chapter Titles

Some people use them, others don’t. I know one editor of a rather large publishing house who calls them an “author’s conceit” and states she doesn’t like them. Other editors don’t seem to care, or find them amusing. I’m not sure why other authors do or don’t use chapter titles. Personally, I find them...