Mar 3, 2017

Book Review: Take Off Your Pants!: Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing

When it comes to writing books, are you a “plotter” or a “pantser?” Is one method really better than the other?
In this instructional ebook, author Libbie Hawker explains the benefits and technique of planning a story before you begin to write. She’ll show you how to develop a foolproof character arc and plot, how to pace any book for a can’t-put-down reading experience, and how to ensure that your stories are complete and satisfying without wasting time or words.
Hawker’s outlining technique works no matter what genre you write, and no matter the age of your audience. If you want to improve your writing speed, increase your backlist, and ensure a quality book before you even write the first word, this is the how-to book for you.
Take off your pants! It’s time to start outlining. 

To outline or not to outline? That is a question that I have asked myself many times over the years. Over the past year or so I have been studying the art (is it an art? I think so!) of outlining one's novel and Take Off Your Pants!: Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing was a great addition to my research.

One of the best parts of Libbie's book is that she uses real live examples. Not only does she reference published works, like Charlotte's Web and Lolita, but she also uses her own work to explain how her outlining process works. I found this to be very helpful in understanding her ideas.

I plan on using the processes I learned about in this book to help me rework one of my novels that I am currently in the process of writing. I haven't quite figured out the motives behind my characters or the conflicts in my plot, and I think the things I learned about in this book will be very helpful in actually completing that book!

Whether you consider yourself a pantser or a plotter, there is a lot of valuable advice in this book. It is a bit repetitive at times, but the information is well developed and I'm looking forward to trying out some of the tips.


Take care,
Marian

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