As I find them I’ll post books, websites, and other tools that I have found useful on my journey.
Master Outline – Better Novel Project – This blogger looks at the common elements of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Twilight, and The Hunger Games to determine what a bestseller’s outline consists of. Now, obviously this is a bit limited because there are more bestsellers than those three series. But, in recent history, those three are probably the most successful and so I do find this helpful.
David Farland – Story Doctor – This is the website for New York Times bestselling author David Farland. Not only is he a celebrated writer in his own right, he has also taught dozens of other writers who have gone on to staggering literary success including #1 NY Times bestsellers like Brandon Sanderson (Wheel of Time), James Dashner (The Maze Runner), and Stephanie Meyer (Twilight). He also is credited with urging the Scholastic company to push Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone because he saw its potential. This website gives access to his online and live trainings (for a fee of course). I recently attended a live course and found the information invaluable.
How JK Rowling Plots Her Novels – The Friendly Editor – This website used to be titled writelikerowling.com, so you can imagine that there is a plethora of deconstruction and analysis of Rowling’s work, which I find extremely insightful (as HP is, you know, only the best selling series of all time). This particular post includes a plot/series map that Rowling released of the early planning of Book 5.
Million Dollar Outlines (Million Dollar Writing Series) – David Farland – This book has a lot of the same information that you would get with some of David Farland’s training (for a fraction of the cost!). While I do still say that my live training with him was invaluable, I have found this book useful as well. Now, I must say that the book is a bit disorganized (kind of ironic for an outlining book….), but the info inside is gold, if you can sift through it. I especially like how he breaks down what emotional beats appeal to particular audiences based on age and gender.