A couple of planning worksheets


Here are a couple of worksheets you may find helpful in the planning of your novel.

I’ve had these in my computer for many years, changed them, and tweaked them. I can’t give proper credit to anyone. If you recognize them, let me know please.

#1

IDEA   SUMMARY

 

DEADLINE   (IF ANY)

 

OPENING

 

CONCLUSION

 

POINTS   TO MAKE
WHERE   I GOT THE IDEA:

 

INTENDED  MARKET OR OUTLET

 

RESEARCH  SOURCES:

 

ADDITIONAL   NOTES:

 

#2

Genre   of book (i.e. mystery, romance, historical, sci-fi, etc.)?

 

 Setting-time and place (present, past,   future, country/planet, etc.) ?  

 

Hero’s   occupation? Hero’s strengths and

weaknesses?

 

Heroine’s   occupation? Heroine’s strengths and weaknesses?

 

What   is the central conflict between hero/heroine?

 

How   will these traits affect their relationships? i.e. Do the flaws/strengths  compete with the other character’s flaws and strengths? Or… Do they   complement the other character traits?

 

How   do the flaws/strengths cause inter CONFLICT between the characters?

 

What   is the overall theme or premise of the story? How do the individual goals of   the hero/heroine relate to this theme? What must the hero/heroine learn in   this story? And if possible, list the steps they must go through?

 

 

#3

1. Who is your story about?

 

2. What is your  protagonist(s) internal goal?

 

3. What is your  antagonist(s) internal goal?

 

4. What is your   protagonist(s) external goal?

 

5. What is your   antagonist(s) external goal?

 

6. Why does your   protagonist(s) want their goal so badly?

 

7. What is   motivating him/her to achieve this goal at all costs?

 

8. What is the   villain’s internal motivation?

 

9. What is the  clear external conflict keeping your hero/heroine from achieving their   heart’s desire?

 

10. What is the   clear internal conflict (if there is one) keeping your hero/heroine from   achieving their heart’s desire?

 

11. Describe your ideas for your BLACK MOMENT.

 

12.  the PLOT POINTS as you see them unfolding (if known)

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