We recently talked about preparing for NaNoWriMo during October, and I shared some of my own plans such as using the Snowflake Method for this novel's outline. Today I'd like to share some of the best resources for helping you plan your NaNoWriMo novel (or any novel for that matter).
Here are links to character planning resources and some of my favorite more general tools and templates related to planning and outlining your novel.
Character Worksheets / Guides
- Character Sketch Worksheet -- by Victoria Lynn Schmidt (WritersDigest)
- Character Chart Template -- by Annie Neugebauer
- Character Chart for Fiction Writers -- by Kira Lerner and Toni Walker (epiguide.com)
- Questionnaires for Writing Character Profiles -- from Creative-Writing-Now.com
Outlining Tools and Templates
Some of these were recommended in the previous NaNoWriMo post as well, but they're such strong resources that they're worth repeating.
- First Draft in 30 Days -- by Karen Wiesner
- The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing -- by Evan Marshall
- Book in a Month -- by Victoria Lynn Schmidt
- No Plot? No Problem. -- by Chris Baty
- Using Index Cards to Outline a Novel -- by Karen Woodward
- Novel Plotting Worksheets -- by Annie Neugebauer
- Outlining Your Novel -- from TheLatinoAuthor.com
- Fiction Book Outline Template -- from Adelphosbooks.biz
- The Snowflake Method for Designing a Novel -- by Randy Ingermanson
- The Snowflake Method Scrivener Template -- from WordInProgress.com
- Scrivener (The thought of outlining and organizing a novel without it seems unbearable now.)
Do you have any other great novel outline templates or other planning tools to share? Tell us about them in the comments.
Jenn has 19 years experience writing for others, around 14 years experience in blogging, and over 11 years experience in indie e-book publishing. She is also an Active member of the Horror Writers Association.
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