Structuring Your Novel by K.M. Weiland | Review + Brainstorming!

Yep, another review. XD I finished Structuring Your Novel by K.M. Weiland about an hour ago.

(Back-to-back reviews — yes, I know. Bear with me, friends. I’ve got this whole crash course on how to properly-plot-and-structure-and-outline-a-novel thing going on this month in the midst of planning much-too-big-for-me-to-handle-but-I’m-doing-them-anyway things for my doll collecting website. ?)

If you haven’t seen my previous post about what I’m doing this month, in which I review Outlining Your Novel and talk about discovering Helping Writers Become Authors… you should do that. ;D

K.M. Weiland’s Structuring Your Novel completely changed my entire thought process and cleared up my misconceptions and confusion about a novel’s structure. I opened the book knowing I would learn about the three-act structure (including the Hook, Inciting Event, Key Event, etc.) and closed it knowing so much more. Not only does K.M. Weiland explain, expound on, and give us examples of this:


… but the book also includes much about scene and sentence structure — the former of which I had never heard of prior to discovering Helping Writers Become Authors and the latter of which I had never heard of period. I love how she explains each of the structure elements and gives us multiple examples for each one so we can see it in action. It really helps me understand what is being talked about.

I have happily taken (oh, only about a million or so) notes on (literally all of) the subjects in Structuring Your Novel and am so excited to put this knowledge to use. My first completely pantsed novel seemed so hopeless and worthy of being condemned to death via the trash can icon button — but with what I now know about how to structure a novel properly, I am more than excited to revise and outline (thanks to Outlining Your Novel) it! Thank you, K.M. Weiland, for such an amazing book.

Tada! There we go, folks. If you haven’t read either Outlining Your Novel or Structuring Your Novel, what are you waiting for? If you’re as dumb as they come (like me — which I desperately hope you are not for your sake —) it will rock your world. And even if you’re much smarter and know a lot more about writing than me, I still recommend it because even some published authors don’t understand structure. Gasp. So be awesome and join me learning how to write a novel that stands out. ?


Do you remember me talking about joining Wordplayers in my last post? Have you joined them yet? Good, because I just discovered Super Readers, K.M. Weiland’s exclusive group for her fiction readers. You’ve got to join that, too! I’m reading Behold the Dawn right now, but I’ll hold off on the fangirling and raving about its awesomeness for when I finish it. Dreamlander is also impatiently waiting for me in my iBooks library.

On a surprisingly related note… I’ve started the brainstorming for Loyalty Book I: To the Death! *screams in excitement* It’s so exciting and exhilarating and ahhh! I’m doing the method K.M. Weiland presented in Outlining Your Novel. I’ve found it really freeing to do my brainstorming on paper like I did during April. In case you forgot — which I don’t know how you could because I talk about it all the time ? — that’s my terrible first novel I’m completely replotting and restructuring and revising and rewriting. ^ Yesterday I came up with absolutely fabulously evil ideas including an even more evil and heartbreaking plot point that nearly killed me! ? Watch out, all who ship Hinoki and Ari. I AM GOING TO BREAK YOUR HEART WITH MY EVIL MIDPOINT IDEA.

Wellll… that’s about it for now. I have 5 Secrets of Story Structure to get started on, so I’d better go read that. ?

What’s up? Have you read any of K.M. Weiland’s writing craft or fiction books? Are you interested in becoming a beta reader for when Loyalty Book I: To the Death is ready for you? I’m so excited, I can hardly wait.

Much love and am praying for you, devil butt-kickers! ? What’s God been doing for you lately? I have a post about youth camp coming up soon. (HAHAHA “soon” = sometime in the future. And the future is never now. It could be a while.)

P.S. If you’re interested in checking out my flash fiction / short stories I’m writing as part of Creating Worlds Writing Camp, I have a page for them here! I joined late, so my latest one is…

By |2017-08-23T18:37:39-04:00August 23rd, 2017|Reviews, Writing|22 Comments

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I'm Madi: blogger, writer, doll collector, and minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Learn more about me here and this blog here.


  1. EmeraldPhoenix August 23, 2017 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    I can’t wait to read this!!! I am currently planning my NaNo novel for november (whose current title is horrible and shall never see the light of the day) and editing my Camp NaNo novel (which is taking absolutely. forever.) and this site and book i am sure will help em a lot. Excited o read this! Thank you for helping me discover this amazing site!

    • Madi August 23, 2017 at 7:31 pm - Reply

      Oooh, it will TOTALLY help you! That is so awesome! Best of luck with your NaNo projects (I’m working on mine, too). K.M. Weiland’s books are INCREDIBLE and so is her site. You will love it! Awww, you are so welcome! Thank you so much for commenting! 😀

  2. Olive August 23, 2017 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    Most crazily, ~Olive

    • Madi August 23, 2017 at 8:31 pm - Reply

      WEOBFJNQERPIUGBQIPERUBG YOU ARE GOING TO DIE, OLIVE. I WILL MAKE SURE OF IT. *explodes into uncontrollably evil laughter*

      No, really. It broke my heart just brainstorming it. ?

      • Olive August 24, 2017 at 9:00 am - Reply

        OH NO!!!! :O :O :O :O
        *begs for mercy for those poor characters*
        Most crazily, ~Olive

        • Madi August 24, 2017 at 2:15 pm - Reply

          MWAHAHAHAAA!!! *keeps serving up the heartbreak*

  3. Sara August 23, 2017 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    Oohhh I have to check this out! Hey Madi do you wanna chat for awhile on this post?

    • Madi August 23, 2017 at 8:32 pm - Reply

      You totally should! 😀 I actually can’t chat right now :/ Would you like to text soon, though?

      • Sara August 23, 2017 at 8:34 pm - Reply

        I am deffanatly going to read this now 😉 when? Do you think?

        • Madi August 23, 2017 at 8:35 pm - Reply

          Hurray! 😉 Perhaps a little later tonight? Just text me later tonight and I may be able to chat.

          • Sara August 23, 2017 at 8:39 pm - Reply

            XD I’m actually really excited because some time I want to try and write my first novel ?????????yay ok ?

            • Madi August 23, 2017 at 8:39 pm - Reply

              Oh, that would be so cool! I’ll bet it’ll be awesome if you do write it. 😀

  4. Sara August 23, 2017 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    That would be cool when I have time to do it maybe you could help me when i have time to do it ok have to go ttyl talk to you later tonight

  5. Sara August 23, 2017 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much! 🙂

  6. Sara August 24, 2017 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Wow that’s so cool! This will help alot Great post madi!

    • Madi August 24, 2017 at 2:15 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Sara! 😀

      • Sara August 24, 2017 at 2:46 pm - Reply

        Yea! You did a great job!???

  7. Olivia Bell (aka Livy) August 29, 2017 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    Wow, I am so glad you are learning so much and it is helping you so much, I know your books will be EPIC and I cannot wait for the day I hold them in my hands with the marvelous Madison Lorfing signature on them! 🙂

    • Madi August 31, 2017 at 10:59 am - Reply

      Thank you SOOO much, Livy!! You’re so sweet! I’m so excited for that day, too!! :’) <3

  8. Daisy September 3, 2017 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    I honestly can’t plot (it doesn’t work for me) but I’m SO GLAD that it’s working for you!! I can’t wait to read Loyalty when it’s FINISHED!! Will you be pursuing publishing?

    • Madi October 11, 2017 at 9:30 am - Reply

      (I seriously thought I had replied to this but obviously not? So sorry!)

      Awww thanks! HEHE YAY! Yep, I plan on pursuing traditional publishing!

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