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The Writer’s Best Friend in a Story’s Planning, Outlining, and Developing Phase

The Novel Planner Workbook helps aspiring and seasoned writers of all ages plan, outline, and develop their stories—whether an epic novel or a shorter story.




1. The Ultimate Self-Publishing Checklist

A great, detailed checklist for the self-published writer divided into 5 subsections:

  • Manuscript
  • Book Design
  • Publishing
  • Promotion
  • Extras (including author website, email list, and social media)

Don't get discouraged by the name, though! This checklist is also an important resource for those aiming for a traditional publishing deal.


2. Pre-Planning

This is a section that includes free spaces for brainstorming ideas as well as some questions to answer before you start working on your story.


3. Outlining

This section includes templates of:

  • Setting
  • Scene
  • Main Character Sketch
  • Antagonist Sketch
  • Major Character Sketch
  • Minor Character Sketch

4. Story Structure

What is a story without a structure? Like a human without bones, or a house without walls. That's why I've included the simple Seven Point Story Structure in this workbook to get you going.


5. Research List

The Research List is where you can add what you need to research for your story and tick off as you've finished researching them.


6. The Ultimate Story Checklist

The Ultimate Story Checklist is divided into subsection such as:

  • Characters
  • Setting
  • Plot
  • Point-of-View
  • Dialogue

To use this checklist to its full potential, use it after you've finished your first draft. I added this into the workbook to offer you some help for how to proceed after you've finished your first draft.


There is also plenty of space to add additional notes throughout the workbook, as well as entire pages of it at the back, to offer you some space to let your ideas run wild.


Ready to start planning your novel?