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Answer all these questions and you should have a fully-developed character for your audience to connect with. A strong character can carry a weak plot; but a strong plot can’t carry weak characters

character development questions: answer all these questions and you should have a fully developed character for your audience to connect with. a strong character can carry a weak plot; but a strong plot can’t carry weak characters.

Writing Worksheet – What Next? (PDF) In honour of NaNoWriMo, this month’s worksheets will have one purpose: to increase your word count by hook or by book. A novel, even a short one of 50,000 words, comprises many more happenings than one might expect. If you find yourself at this mid-way point of the month,…

What Next? (Writing Worksheet Wednesday)

Writing Worksheet – Mini Quest (PDF) In honour of NaNoWriMo, this month’s worksheets will have one purpose: to increase your word count by hook or by book. A mini-quest is a small diversion on the character’s path. If the ultimate goal is to save the princess, then a mini-quest may be to find the magic…

Mini Quest (Writing Worksheet Wednesday)

Writing Spreadsheet - 8-stage plot structure with sample scenes and word counts. This formula is based partly on Dan Wells's 'Story Structure'. It's outlined in non-chronological order, and makes it very easy to see how multiple main characters and subplots interweave.

The One Page Novel Plot Formula

Writing Spreadsheet - plot structure with sample scenes and word counts. This formula is based partly on Dan Wells's 'Story Structure'. It's outlined in non-chronological order, and makes it very easy to see how multiple main characters and subplo

NaNoWriMo is upon us! Here's a peek at my process and my bullet journal word count spread.

How to Dominate NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo is upon us! Here's a peek at my process and my bullet journal word count spread.

Every time an aspiring author asks me for advice on how to start their book, I tell them to do this one thing. It really makes a world of difference!

I walked into my local Barnes & Noble a few weeks ago and took a big huff of that bookstore smell. Feel that release of tension when you walk into…

Writing Worksheet – Endings (PDF) In honour of NaNoWriMo, this month’s worksheets will have one purpose: to increase your word count by hook or by book. The final writing worksheet in this marvellous month of November is inspired by the last virtual NaNoWriMo write-in. Imagining the best endings for each of your characters is a…

The Ending (Writing Worksheet Wednesday)

Writing Worksheet – Endings (PDF) In honour of NaNoWriMo, this month’s worksheets will have one purpose: to increase your word count by hook or by book.

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