Here are some great plot planning worksheets, blog posts and articles to help you structure your novel: The Nine Grid Plan 10 Ways to Organise Your Book 5 Classic Plots Plot Twists Plot Worksheet Outline Your Novel in 30 Minutes Top Ten Plotting Mistakes Plotting by Jeff Heisler Plotting by Personality Various Plotting Tools and Worksheets Romance Novel Plot Generator
Here is a collection of character planning worksheets and name databases that I have found on my travels or created myself. Enjoy! Planning Characters Tizzy’s Ultimate Character Chart (my own)List of Character Traits Detailed Character Chart Naming Characters Fantasy Name GeneratorNymbler-a website where you can type in up to 6 names you like and it comes up with a lot of similar names, both of ethnicity, feel and sound.Seventh Sanctum Name GeneratorsD&D Name GeneratorA collection of name generatorsWhat’s in a name?Random Name Generator-uses data from the US Census to match first and last names with differing degrees of probability.Behind the […]
Here’s a collection of resources that I’ve stumbled across on my travels that have been created specifically for NaNoWriMo participants . I hope you find them useful. Don’t forget there are other more general novel writing resources on this blog from name generators to plot worksheets. You can find all the novel writing resources here. The Unofficial NaNoWriMo Resource BinderOutline 50k in 20 ChaptersNovember Spawned 2007: a Novel-Writing HandoutNaNoWriMo Report Card-a Microsoft Xcel document that tracks your progress with pretty graphs and magical calculations! Livejournal Nano PromptsThirty Days of World BuildingNano for the New and the InsaneTemptation Blocker
NaNoWriMo has finally kicked off! I have added a new feature to the blog- a box that tracks all my Nano stats-and I will be updating it daily. I will also try to post a daily update on my progress if I get the time. Although some crazy people got up at midnight to start writing, being a lazy student I spent the morning lying in bed reading magazines and not even thinking about Nano. I got up about 11am, ate my breakfast, perused the internet, tidied and hoovered the house and generally procrastinated like a pro before finally sitting […]
The opening lines of a novel or short story are probably the most important. They are the first thing that will be read, and readers will decide from that whether they want to continue, so you have to set them up well to make people want to read on. You don’t want to start with a boring paragraph of description. It has to be something that tells the reader some crucial information, introduces an unusual situation and is enticing enough to make them want to find out what happens next. Here is a compilation of my favourite opening lines […]
Here’s a rare thing: me attempting digital art. I did it on 01/04/10 but it’s taken me this long to put it up. It was originally a pencil sketch, but I scanned it into my computer and painted it in photoshop. I’m a leo and lions are my favourite animals, so I love drawing them. I think this one turned out quite well.
What is the meaning of life? It’s something I often think about, but never get much closer to answering. In truth, I don’t think there is one objective meaning for everyone, but that you make your own meaning. You might feel your purpose in life is to help others, to create great works of art or literature, to make discoveries, to raise a wonderful family, to lead others, to teach people, to protect the environment or simply to be the best version of you that you can be. I don’t know why we’re here or what the point of it […]
You are the keeper of my dreams You are the guardian of my soul When I am hurt and torn to pieces You’re the only one to make me whole. You are the keeper of my dreams I know they’re safe there in your hands When I feel that everyone’s against me You’re the only one who understands. You are the keeper of my dreams I’ll never lose my faith in you When I lose my way and I am frightened You’re the one who’ll always see me through. You are the keeper of my dreams I feel protected when […]