Easy Book Outline Ideas

I really want to be able to create a simple outline for my story. Often times my writing flow gets interrupted because I am so worried about sticking to my outline.  I found some help from a blog post by Bess Weatherby at DYI MFA. She has suggested 4 ways to outline a book that are simple and allow a write to hang on to their free flow of writing.


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Four Methods for Outlining Your Book

by Bess Weatherbypublished in Writing

This is the fourth  post in my series on the benefits of writing with an outline. In my first post, I listed three reasons why most writers need an outline. In the second, I discussed three things to keep in mind when creating an outline. In the third, I talked about how to use one while drafting. In this post, we’ll get into some of the nuts and bolts of different types of outlines.

Let’s start with the obvious: every book is different. And, also obvious: every writer is different. Slightly less obvious: the method of writing each book will be different. Most writers find a system. Sometimes, books blow up that system. At some point, the method that worked for your last book or your best friend or your favorite writer will fail you. Or you’ll discover a new method. Or you’ll realize you’ve let the character drag you kicking and screaming into a murderous subplot you did-not-see-coming! And no one but other writers understands how this can happen.

At this point, I’m often tempted to quote the Cheshire Cat: “We’re all mad here.”

It is in times like these that an outline can be useful. It’s a bridge from your inspiration to the words on the page. A reminder of where you want the story to go. A map. READ MORE HERE.

Are You Getting Paid To Write?

Navigating the internet to find paid freelance opportunities can be very overwhelming. Over at Make A Living Writing, Jennifer Roland shares a list of popular sites that pay writers for their work.



140 Websites That Pay Writers in 2014

By Jennifer Roland

Way back in 2010, Carol decided to bust a move here on the blog.

As an advocate for writers seeking out good-paying work rather than writing for “exposure” or pennies, she decided it was time to start paying the writers who guest posted here.

Then, something really cool happened. Other bloggers started paying their guest posters, too. Some were inspired directly by Carol, and some blog owners just decided on their own that great content was worth paying for. So Carol gathered a list of those blogs as a resource for her readers.

But things on the Internet change fast. Fourteen months later, it’s time to post an updated list. Read more here!

Informative Podcasts For Writers

Writers know the value of good information. But writers are also aware that if you are spending all of your time searching for that tip or technique you may never actually getting any writing done. So, have you considered listening to podcasts? If not, you should. I listen to a few that offer writing advice, tips and how to get published. I listen to them when I am cooking, cleaning, walking and driving. For me, that’s when I have time. Over at Chazzwrites.com, is a list of great podcast resources for writers. Take a moment to check them out. Happy writing!

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English: Podcast or podcasting icon Français : Icône pour les podcasts ou la baladodiffusion (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The logo used by Apple to represent Podcasting

The logo used by Apple to represent Podcasting (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What authors should stick in their ears and eyes to succeed

The following is a list of resources for anyone interested in writing and publishing. I’m going to head off any rancour immediately and tell you this is neither meant to be a comprehensive list nor is it in any particular order. Okay? Okay. Read on. 1. Joe Konrath’s blog: Arguments are made. Elucidation ensues. Many writers have become author/publishers after reading Konrath’s blog. 2. Self-Publishing Podcast: The guys behind Write, Publish, Repeat often have great guests, but co-host David Wright who is the soulless soul of the show. Always NSFW. New episodes every Thursday. Joanna Penn appears this coming Thursday. (i.e. week of Valentine’s Day, 2014.) Read more here.
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What Kind Of Writer Are You?


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Are You Writing in the Right Medium For You?

Scripts, novels, short stories, poems, scripts, non-fiction essays – which is the right medium for you?

I have seen writers struggle in a particular medium when it’s just not best matched to their strong suit. Most notably, novelists who try to write screenplays. Of all the mediums you can write in, screenwriting is probably one of the most challenging since it uses a format and a language that is quite distinct: images written verbally. Every image. Not some. Every image.

Look – all writing is something that people under-estimate. I want to write! I’m going to just write a novel! I read a novel I liked – therefore I’m going to write also! I saw a movie and I’m going to write a movie! You have NO idea how many times I have heard that and worse, seen non-writers try to write and then get upset and mystified as to why it’s not good writing.

You know you are a writer if:

-Writing is more of a compulsion than a past time. You MUST write. You journal, you write long emails, you think things through as you write. It’s a lifeline.

-You are never satisfied with your writing. It can always be better.

-When you read good stuff you pick it apart a little bit and wonder how the writer did that.

-Alternatively, sometimes when you read you go into a kind of joyful reverie. You underline words and phrases, you cuddle your books.

-You know you’re a writer if you have the compulsion to do it yet you are terrified of doing it. You’ll make up any excuse not to write but when you’re writing, you’re happiest.

So the question becomes, what are your strengths as a writer? Is a novel really for you?

In the past, a novelist or playwright were the two only truly respected types of writers. This was the apex of writing respect. Gore Vidal, Tennessee Williams, Henry James, Edith Wharton, Salmaan Rushdie – you know – the important types.

But these days there are people who make entire careers out of writing non-fiction (David Sedaris and Anne Lamott are two prime examples) or entire, respected careers out of writing films.

Read more here.


Quick Tips For Building A Writer Platform

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101 Quick Actions You Can Take Today to Build the Writer Platform of Your Dreams

What does it really take to build a writer or author platform?



An intimate knowledge of vampires, wizardry or erotic romance?

Actually, the most important aspect  to building an author platform is understanding that it’s about engagement; about connecting and interacting with people who are aligned with your message and affected by your story.

Your platform is a web of intertwined beliefs, values, emotions, thoughts, stories, images and ideas that stem from your own core philosophy and are ultimately shared by your fans.

The tricky part is finding ways to effectively share your message with an audience that is yet unknown to you, and you to them.  Read more here.