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Creative Writing Worksheets. Feel free to download and use the following Creative Writing Worksheets to develop compelling characters and rich, vibrant settings.

Creative Writing Worksheets

You’ll find plotting your novel much more manageable with our scene chart. These Creative Writing Worksheets are free for your personal use. Character Worksheet Meeting a well-written character is one of the things that initially hooks a reader, and creates a lasting impression in fiction. We can all remember great characters from stories, sometimes more readily than the story itself. How To Write Your Novel.

Just like great people still put their pants on one leg at a time, all great novels start the same: with a nugget, an inspiration, an idea.

How To Write Your Novel

Some unique or quirky character that must be shared, some plot that needs exploring. Something to get the brain started. For me, often, it’s a topic I want to understand. This was Michael Shaara’s inspiration for Killer Angels, one of the outstanding fiction accounts of the Civil war. He used Stephen Crane (author of The Red Badge of Courage) as his mentor– Plotting a Story–with a Spreadsheet. J.K. Rowling's Plot Spreadsheet [PIC] Free Download: Novel Analysis Spreadsheet. I agree with the theory that if we can become better artists by studying the masters, we can become better novelists by studying the master storytellers.

Free Download: Novel Analysis Spreadsheet

But how do we do that? Spreadsheet analysis of novels allows me to pattern author storytelling and plot devices. But the value in the methodology lies in the columns I create - in other words what I choose to track throughout the book. Over the years those columns have changed quite a bit for me. After reading HOOKED: WRITE FICTION THAT GRABS READERS AT PAGE ONE AND NEVER LETS THEM GO by Les Edgerton. The spreadsheet allows me to look for patterns of problems, reactions, goals and actions. Just as valuable as the ability to review the spreadsheet afterward, is the process of thinking about each element - words, paragraphs, pages, scenes and chapters - as I read and assign their purpose. Spreadsheet plotting. Note: This technique was recommended by several readers and after I’ve tried it, I’m a convert!

Spreadsheet plotting

Thanks for the suggestions! Some writers like to keep a running inventory of their story by doing Spreadsheet Plotting. Choose your favorite spreadsheet program and open it. I totally ignore the line numbers at the left. Choose any line at the top and type in the novel’s title. Act. The beauty of a spreadsheet is the ability to sort. Overall the Spreadsheet Plotting gives you an ongoing Inventory for a look at the Big Picture of your story.

How To Write A Novel Using The Snowflake Method. Writing a novel is easy.

How To Write A Novel Using The Snowflake Method

Writing a good novel is hard. That’s just life. How to write a novel* Ever wanted to write a novel but had no clue how?

How to write a novel*

Having just finished my fifth novel, I am now ready to pass on my accummulated novel-writing wisdom to those what have never writ one but wants to. Here is the complete, full and unexpurgated guide: First of all you need a computer. (Yeah, yeah, I know in the olden days they made do with quill, ink and paper, and typewriters—aargh! Don’t get me started on how creepy and scary typewriters are—plus, whatever, this is not the olden days.) On that computer you need a word processing program. If you want to write your novel relatively quickly and productively, it should have no access to the interweb thingy, also no games, or anything other than the two aforementioned programs.

How to Create a Character Database. I recently set up a character database in Excel, and when I posted about it on Twitter/Facebook several people contacted me and asked “What’s a character database?”

How to Create a Character Database

Sensing that this subject might be interesting to others, I decided to share the details. First, let me say that I’m not an Excel whiz kid, so trust me when I say that this file set up is really straightforward. This type of database is especially useful if you write a series, and I finally set it up because I got tired of having to look back to see how I had described a character in a previous novel or to search endlessly for the name of a street. I started the file in a Word document, but that was too messy and didn’t allow nifty sorting features. First, I established the column headers across the top. Next I listed the characters by row and inserted relevant information. What’s great about this file is that each column can be sorted individually.

The purpose of the book title columns is to be able to sort by title. Footsteps to a Novel. By Margaret McGaffey Fisk©2004, Margaret McGaffey Fisk Do you have an idea for a story -- a character who won't let you rest, the perfect plot, or an interesting world, whether a cattle farm in Canada or a planet with no surface water?

Footsteps to a Novel

All types of people have novel ideas, whether they are writers or not. Most ideas never become completed works, and the reason may be found in the word "work. " Writing seems easy as you dash off a letter to Aunt Sally or complete your latest essay on the lifestyle of brown and black gerbils. Short Storyspreadsheet: Excel as a Trojan Horse for Literature. A few weeks ago, I had a nutty idea and decided to Tweet it: Naturally, I assumed that would be it.

Short Storyspreadsheet: Excel as a Trojan Horse for Literature

Like one of Yoko Ono’s wacky concepts, the mere idea of such a thing would be entertaining enough. No point in going through the trouble of actually doing it. Short story in spreadsheet form.