Yesterday, a plot bunny jumped right into my head and I decided to start a new piece of creative writing. I’m not sure what it’s going to be– a novel, novella or short story, but I like the idea so much that I can’t let it go (speaking of which, if you’re a writer, you should never let an idea go without writing it down, but more on that later).
This new idea reminded me of the journey we have to go through to actually put something down on a piece of paper. It’s a blank slate. A wealth of ideas that can go in hundreds of different directions, and even more questions that need to be answered. What will the characters be like? What point of view will be used? What will the target audience be? What will the conflict be, where will the climax occur?
You get the point. Starting something new is exciting and scary all at the same time. While it’s awesome to just let my creativity go and write down what comes to me, it’s also a huge undertaking, whether I’m working on a column, a short story, or a full-length novel. There’s so much to think about that sometimes I don’t even know where to start.
There are hundreds of resources out there to help, though. The things that I most like to use are novel writing journals, worksheets to develop plot, and worksheets to create personalities of new characters. They really give me an idea of what can be most important when developing a story, like the motivations of the characters and questions about themes and the overall plot. Answering these questions also jumpstarts my creativity and helps me develop more of the story.
If you’re a writer and you haven’t tried these techniques, I recommend it. Here are some links to resources that I like to use. Click them. Click them now (I’m not being sponsored or anything, I just think they’re great).
All Indie Writers Novel Planning Tools and Worksheets (Check out the outlining tools and templates)
How to Write a Book in Thirty Days Worksheets (Lots of worksheets for basically everything you can think of)