How to Outline Your Novel Manuscript
We'll show you how a novel outline works, and how to get started on yours
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How are those chapters coming along? It might be time to go back to the outlining board and take some advice from our expert instructor. We'll show you how to analyze what works, and the basic rules of plot organization. Get out your manuscript and your colored pencils, and let's get started!
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Kristin Harmel is the author of Italian for Beginners and six other novels, including The Sweetness of Forgetting, coming in August 2012. Her novels have been translated into numerous languages and are sold all over the world. Kristin is also a longtime freelance magazine writer whose credits include People, Ladies' Home Journal, American Baby, Woman's Day, Men's Health, and Glamour. She appears regularly on The Daily Buzz as a travel expert. Visit her website for more.
Testimonials"Kristin really wants her students to improve. I benefited greatly from her kind but sharp critiques. I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in taking their manuscript to the next level." -- Susan Dennard "Kristin is a fantastic teacher. She gives constructive criticism that is motivational and precise. My manuscript advanced so much and I couldn't have done it without her guidance." -- Colleen Quill "Kristin is the most motivating and empowering writing instructor I have had the privilege to work with. I would highly recommend any class she teaches." -- Kristen Conway "Kristin is a great instructor. She motivates you to get the idea from your head onto the paper and get your book done. I recommend her to anyone." -- Linda Olatunde "I could not have asked for a better instructor than Kristin. I've taken two classes with her and wouldn't have produced the pages I have without her guidance." -- Debbie Feit "Kristin was fabulous! She far exceeded my expectations, was very generous with her time, and was so enthusiastic." -- Kathy Goodman "Kristin knows how to balance reality with inspiration. She left her students feeling they can conquer the publishing world!" -- Maureen Jenkins "Kristin's enthusiastic no-nonsense approach encourages anyone with a good idea to tackle writing. Her energy and generosity has got me fired up to write!" -- Helen Mitternight "Kristin is extremely knowledgeable about her craft. Her input was valuable and her direction on characterization was inspiring." -- Lauren Bahlman "Kristin is an engaging, friendly, and experienced instructor who knows her stuff and makes her students feel at ease." -- Rebekah Gordon "Kristin really helped me develop my manuscript and my writing. She had well thought out ways of helping students make progress and keep our projects on track." -- Ellie Parker "Kristin's experience comes through in the lecture notes and chat sessions. She has a very casual, inviting style which makes her seem less like a strict instructor and more like a colleague. I would definitely recommend taking one of her courses." -- Christine Guerrini "Kristin genuinely wants her students to be as successful as she already is. She's a great teacher who gives wonderful advice and plenty of encouragement." -- Meredith Bodgas