Friday, September 4, 2009

Book Review: The Complete Novel Plotting Workbook & Giveaway

A few months ago, my fellow writer friend, Weston Elliott, approached me with a workbook for writers she had compiled. As a writer, I thought it was a great concept. As an editor, I thought it was just perfect for aspiring writers!


The Complete Novel Plotting Workbook has worksheets to everything from character development, city layouts, creating your world, and plotting out the entire book. I think this is such a great tool for organizing all your information, as well as for truly thinking through all the different aspects of your book. It's quite common when I edit manuscripts, that I find areas which aren't as developed or thought through as they should be. This even happens to writers who've published lots of books. They may think they've covered a specific aspect of their book (because it's all there in their head) but it's not as clear in the actual written pages. This workbook offers a great way to go through and be sure you included that information.

The only thing that was frustrating with my workbook was I couldn't find their website listed anywhere on the front or back of the workbook. I'd love to see that added to future editions of the workbook so it's easier to track down and order more copies for each manuscript the writer works on. But just so my readers know, you can order your own copies of The Complete Novel Plotting Workbook here.

For more feedback on The Complete Novel Plotting Workbook, check out Heather Justesen's review & Tristi Pinkston's review.

Also, I'm giving away one copy of The Complete Novel Plotting Workbook. To enter, simply leave a comment on this post. I'll announce the winner on Thursday, September 10th. Good luck!

12 comments:

Jenn Wilks said...

I saw those reviews and I keep thinking I should get a copy. So count me in for the drawing. :o)

Daron D. Fraley said...

The book looks like a great tool to have! I'm going to try again to win a copy. If that don't work, I'll buy me one eventually. Well, probably more than one... I need to write LOTS of books, right?

Kellie said...

The critiquing group I just started would love to use this. We've got quite a few who are really wanting to write, but have never sat down and done it because they don't know how or where to start.

Don said...

This sounds like a good concept. Sign me up.

LDS_Publisher said...

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your mailing address.

KC Mom said...

What a cool concept! I think it would work well for me...if I could write! :)

Teri said...

I've been looking for something like this! Count me in! :)

Kk said...

I have been looking at something like this in. Count me please.

Nichole Giles said...

Oh, sign me up! I'd love to get my hands on a few of those. Considering that I'm working on as many as four novels at once depending on the day.

I love all your awesome summertime giveaways. They're fun.

Nichole

Joyce DiPastena said...

I want a copy! I want a copy! I want a copy! (Can you tell I want a copy of this workbook???)

Count me in for the contest!

Marta O. Smith said...

I've been thinking I should get one of these to try out. A free one would be very nice!

Taffy said...

I don't know if one book is enough!

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