Structuring Your Novel by K.M. Weiland


Hi Welcome to season two, episode thirty, two of the rookie rider show I'm your host Air Brown and today we're GONNA be talking about structuring your novel by Cam Weiland. A little about Cam Weiland I'm going to quote her author page here. Km, wiling lives in make believe world's talks to imaginary friends and survive primarily on chocolate truffles and espresso. She is the award winning and internationally published author of the Acclaimed Writing Guides, outlining your novel, stretching your novel and creating character Arcs when she's not making things up she's busy mentoring other authors on her award winning blog she makes her home in Western Nebraska. And Also on the website, she says that you can call her Katie you visitor site and sign up for the newsletter list. You can download a free writing craft book entitled Five Secrets Of Story Structure How to read a novel stands out. In that book while in says, you will learn and again here I'm quoting. Why the inciting incident isn't what you've always thought it is what your key event is and how stop putting it in the wrong seen. How do identify your pinch points and why they can make the middle of your book easier to write and how to ace your stories climactic moment every single time end quote. If you haven't already, I would also urge you to check out wildlands podcast helping writers become authors. Which incidentally is also the inver website, the website itself is very easy to use and chock full of free resources like the aforementioned book. No surprise that has been listed on writers digest one a one best websites for writers every year since two, thousand, fourteen finally for today's Title I would suggest that you consider checking out the accompanying workbook for what it's worth I got the digital version of the book and the physical copy of the workbook. So I could easily job. Thought at them but you do you. Okay. Down to business. Here are my three things number one. Two halves of the same hole wildland reminds us that beginnings and endings are the true heart of your story and that satisfying beginnings and endings mirror each other in some way. Boiling it down to its most essential. She says, quote, the beginning asks a question and the ending answers it and quote, and the ending must answer that specific question or according to island. The whole book will feel, okay number two, the two big types of questions. While you will have a specific question that you need to answer, there are two main types of questions, plot questions and theme questions. I'M GONNA. Use examples from Wilde's book to illustrate the difference between these two types. Okay. Question example this is quoting your book will margie stop her self destructive lifestyle of drugs and liquor before she loses her soul mate Tom Forever, and that's a question, the question and I'm GONNA use the same scenario the example would be will margie. Find self worth or piece. Okay. A couple of notes here. I novels often have both a plot and Athene question. In fact, I would say they almost always do secondly, no matter what type of question it is while end advises that should be a question that can be answered with yes or no by the okay. A dare note if you write more literary works and ending that leaves people debating whether it was a yes or no can be a huge win. Examples of this include doubt by John Patrick Shanley and state of wonder by an Patchett. But for most books, you want people to have a clear idea about the answer to the question. Yes or no so I think she's right there. Okay. Number three, the end. Despite, the fact that while end isn't enthusiastic plotter planner. And strongly advises outlines obviously, she still writes several endings. This leads us directly to today's quote this her quote thanks to the ever important outline. I never begin a novel without knowing how I want it to end and yet I almost always write three or four endings before I find the correct one stories even intricately outlined ones evolve as we create them the nuanced ending we have in mind at the beginning might no longer be appropriate once we reach it and quote while offer strategies for coming up with different endings, things like using Beta readers setting aside temporarily. But she also reminds you and here comes a bonus quote quote in many ways endings are one of the most fun parts of the process by then all the puzzle pieces are available to play with. You know your characters inside out and you've got a pile of one hundred pages or more to prove that you can do this. So enjoy yourself if more than one ending is necessary have fun playing with the options and take advantage of the opportunity to rebel and your story world just a little bit longer and quote that's cantwell it. Okay today's hack. Is it ever too early while and advises us to put in our question early ideally setting up that question remember a yes. No question whether it's the plot or both from the very first scene doesn't have to be entirely in the first but start that process. From the GECKO okay I hope this was

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