A few weeks ago, I posted my first YouTube video about my decision to become a “plotter.” I mentioned a couple of books I was reading to help me in my endeavor. Among them are K.M. Weiland’s Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel. Both very much worth the read if you are an aspiring author like myself.
I absorbed the information with zeal and am now moving through the companion workbooks. However, I found myself wondering if I should perhaps read some of Weiland’s fiction to see how her method played out on the page.
I had been visiting the amazing website Helping Writers Become Authors for a few months and I’d been following Weiland’s series "What I Learned Writing Storming." I had also seen the book trailer for the dieselpunk novel and I was caught. I actually pre-ordered the ebook before it was released. It was easily one of the best novels I’ve read in a good while and the clear choice for my first official book review on this blog.
To keep things short and sweet I’ll give the book an overall rating, share the things I liked and didn’t like, and leave you with a couple of favorite quotes.
My ratings will be as follows:
1 star * = I don’t recommend this book. Save your time.
2 star ** = I disliked more about it than I liked.
3 star *** = There were definitely things I liked as well as things I didn’t. I might recommend this book to the right person.
4 star **** = I liked it! I would recommend it!
5 star ***** = I loved it so much that I will want a copy on my shelf. I will probably reread it (if I ever have the time for rereading.)
I give Storming by K.M. Weiland an enthusiastic * * * * 4 stars!
I loved this fun story of barnstorming pilot Hitch and the strong-willed, misplaced Jael. Set in 1920s Nebraska, it is a dieselpunk adventure complete with thrilling aerial stunts, hijackers of the sky, storms that bend to the will of men, family drama, corrupt establishment, and budding romance.
What I Liked:
What I Didn’t Like:
Would I Recommend This and to Whom:
If you’re an aspiring author like me, I recommend Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel.
(Click the covers to see them on Amazon.)
They have changed the way I look at storytelling. And all the information on her website,
Helping Writers Become Authors, is priceless. (Follow the link to check it out.)
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