Book Recommendations for Outlining Your Book

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Many people agree that the best way to learn about something is to do your research and engorge yourself with the topic. Writing a book is no different. Here are my 6 book recommendations for outlining your novel.

Book Recommendations for Outlining

The Ten Day Outline: A Writer’s Guide to Planning A Novel in 10 Days

Take the 10 day outlining challenge with this book published by Lewis Jorstad, writer and book coach over at This book takes a heavy part of the writing process and breaks it down into an easy 10-day process to take away some of the stress of writing a novel.

Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success, by K. M. Weiland

Outlining Your Novel is all about crafting better and more engaging stories without the fear that often comes with outlining your book. Learn how to choose the right type of outline for you, brainstorm plot and scenes easily, discover complex and compelling characters, and craft an outline that makes writing the book easy as pie.

Try the Outlining Your Novel Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises for Planning Your Best Book, by K. M. Weiland

How to Outline A Cozy Mystery: Workbook, by Sara Rosett

Learn how to outline a cozy mystery with this outlining workbook. Build the framework of your story so you can start writing with easy. Sara Rosett is a USA Today Bestselling Author, and this guide highlights how she’s written over 20 mysteries with this direct and “no-fluff” guide, which includes how to hide clues in plain sight, how to write a classic plot structure with a twist, and more.

But the beginning stages of your book isn’t just about outlining, right? You also want to develop your characters, build out your world, and more! Here are my favorite book recommendations for outlining, specifically for world building and character development.

Book Recommendations for Pre-Writing

On Writing and Worldbuilding: Volume 1, by Timothy Hickson

This in-depth guide is great for worldbuilders and writers who want specific and applicable ideas for writing. Learn how to deliver exposition, foreshadow with ease, explain character motivations without info-dumping, building magic systems, and build your world from scratch.

Novel Writing Blueprint: A Storytellers Guide to the Craft, by Jill Harris

While we know writing should be fun, some people think it’s a chore. Outline with easy with this novel writing blueprint, Jill Harris says will bring back your love of true storytelling. Learn how to prepare your book, research what you need to know, create story goals, develop your characters and world, and outline your book with this quick and easy method.

Creating Character Arcs, by K. M. Weiland

Writing powerful and compelling story arcs is imperative to writing a book. If you’re characters are dull, your readers will likely be turned off. They might even put their book down—quite the opposite of your goal as a writer. Creating Character Arcs is a masterful guide to uniting story structure and character development for powerful story and powerful characters.

If you want an even more in-depth build, check out the Creating Character Arcs Workbook, by K. M. Weiland.

Finding books that fit what you need to know and do can be difficult, but these books on pre-writing and outlining your book are tried and true.