Are you gearing up for NaNoWriMo? Or are you prepping to finally start that novel that's been incubating in your head for so long? Either way, your rough draft will fly from your fingers after some prep work. Novel planning can be fun and easy.
Don't be a "pantser." Develop a plan.
I can help. I want to share tips and templates for your novel planning. These are actual templates I have used to make my own work...well, work. Some even saved me huge embarrassment. (If you read the brief lesson accompanying each file, I'll tell you all about it.)
Check below for links to each lesson. (Currently under construction)
**January 2021: all forms/templates are under revision and will be back online ASAP. If you'll sign up for my newsletter, I'll make certain you know when they're back!
- Elevator Talk: Describe your book in the time it takes for an elevator ride
- Genre Clarification: Where in the bookstore will I find your book
- Character Development: Readers care about the people
- Character Names: Don’t confuse the reader
- Point of View Narrator: How will I see your story
- Point of View Character: Who will I experience this with
- Minor Characters: Populate your world
- Protagonist/Antagonist Goals: There’s always a reason for behavior
- Characters A-Z: Keep track of your cast
- Character Details: Take your characters out for coffee
- Conflict: Find all the ways to torture your character
- Time Period: Cell phones or dragons?
- General Setting: Make your setting a character, too
- Setting Names: This will help set the tone
- Historical Events: Provide context
- Emotional Settings: Provide another layer of conflict
- Jargon: Keeping it real
- Key Scenes: Pivotal moments
- Calendar: Know the time span of your story
- Multi-Plot: Crafting a story with a web of plots tangled together
- Series Ideas: Is there more
- Genre Guidelines: Double check standards
- Story Arc: The middle takes more work
- Writing Math: Chapter length and other things
- Outlining: Yes, that’s what plotters do
- Chapter Checklist: When did this thing happen
- Titles: Get my attention
- Deadlines: Do you need them?
- Revision: Changes, changes, changes
- Editing: Fixing the GUM
- Maintaining Momentum: Don’t get discouraged