There are published writers who plot, write detailed synopses, outline, or have waking dreams about their story. There are also those who do not. They sit at their computers and start at page one and write until the book is done. Others puzzle a book together like a jigsaw, writing a segment here and a segment there.
Every author has a unique procedure and many have a different process for every book. There are those who claim they cannot write the story if they know what’s going to happen and those who can’t write the story unless they do. As a novelist you fall somewhere on this continuum.
This workbook can be used by either. This workbook is designed to jog your memory into editing mode when your heart would prefer to sink into the actions and lives of your characters.
There are checklists, exercises, outlines and even scrap-booking. One can utilize these work pages before writing a single word as a plotting exercise or (like me) wait until the middle when the writer has lost sight of where he/she means to go. Others might finish the manuscript and then rely on this material for final editing.
Many authors need visual aids when they are constructing the characters and location. Included are blank pages for your cover, photos of characters, maps or drawings of story locations, notes about research and a working grid to keep track of the number of words written each day and how many days of the month you plan to write.