Transitioning from a nonfiction writer to a fiction writer has been an adventure. I’ve learned so much and will probably continue to learn.
I’m a slightly-obsessive organizer and planner with a lot to learn,so I’m reading advice about how to plot a novel,how to plan for all of the different sub plots,how to make sure the readers are satisfied that the mid point feels like a mid point and all of the loose ends are tied up at the end of the story,how to make believable characters,how to use timelines for continuity,et cetera. I’m not in any way claiming that I’m any good at it just yet,but I’m studying and improving.
I’ve found some awesome resources online for worksheets,but printing them out when I need them is tedious. And before I print them I have to remember that they exist,what the file is called,and where to find it. For me,that’s easy,I keep those files in a desktop folder Writing>Things to print>These are good. Incidentally the parent folder there (Things to print) has hundreds and hundreds of files that I’ve downloaded,looked at,couldn’t use,didn’t like,or for some other reason aren’t frequently printed. Occasionally,I’ll get fired up about a planning document and go to print a worksheet,decide that I love it so much I’ll print ten of them and then open up my binder to discover that I already have 30 of them tucked away because I love it so much.
Naturally organized and having a good memory are not the same thing.
So of course,to solve this problem,I’m publishing a series of books.
Workbooks for Writers
I’m recreating some of my favorite forms and templates and planning documents so that writers can fill in the blanks to craft outlines that hit every beat,characters that have fully developed goals and motivation and marketing schedules for Kindle that get the books SOLD because we’re here to make money. I realize that some people write to express themselves,and while I can’t relate to that personally,I still think the craft-of-writing workbooks are helpful. I mean…you still want to finish your story,right?
The first title in this series is
100 Stories to Write:Plot Development Worksheets for Writers Volume 1
This book guides writers through each of the steps of plot development,resulting in a one-page outline that can be used to write a complete story. Each act has its own setup,conflict and resolution. Your main character will go through a journey with three major conflicts,increasing in intensity,that drive them toward their final goal. The goal they reach might not be the one they set out to reach,but the lessons they learn along the way will shape them into the person they become by the end of the story.
|Act One||Act Two||Act Three|
|Setup||Introduction||New Reality||Trials and Tribulations|
|Setup||Inciting Incident||Fun &Games||Pinch Point #2|
|Setup||Gut Reaction||Contrast to Old Life||Darkest Moment|
|Conflict||Rational Reaction||Buildup to New Crisis||Finding Power Within|
|Conflict||Action||Middle point||Empowered Action|
|Conflict||Consequence||Reversal of Luck||Plot Points Converge|
|Resolution||Pressure||Reaction to Reversal||Biggest Battle|
|Resolution||Pinch Point #1||Action to Overcome||Climax|
|Resolution||Push||Dedication to The Cause||Resolution|
My favorite resource was GMC:Goal,Motivation and Conflict:The Building Blocks of Good Fiction
My favorite resource was Show or Tell? A Powerful Lesson on a Crucial Writing Skill
Marketing and Selling via Amazon’s Kindle