Download Quick Links
- Episode 33: Surprises and Mysteries
- Episode 28: Learn Your Genre — How to Dissect a Novel You Love
- WORKSHOP: Coming Up With a Story Idea Big Enough for a Novel
- YouTube Live Demo: Coming Up with Story Idea Big Enough for a Novel
- Episode 6: Settings and Worldbuilding: Your First Story World in Five Minutes
- Episode 5: Brainstorming With A Partner: The Wall & The Ball
- Episode 4: Brainstorming Worksheets and Demos
Download for Episode 33: Plotting Surprises and Mysteries in Any Genre
Plotting Surprises & Mysteries Worksheets
What do you know that your reader doesn’t?
At the start of the story, everything.
But surprises and mysteries are built from misdirection — from allowing (or helping) your reader to assume things that are not true, to jump to incorrect conclusions, to look at the wrong pieces of evidence or the wrong suspects first, and to otherwise gently help your reader to follow the wrong paths so that you can break out the right path at the right time, and delight your reader with your cool surprise.
This is a really ugly PDF of my worksheets, which I threw away before I could scan them. Fortunately, I sent pictures of them to Becky before the show so she could see how I’d done the sheets.
These are pretty readable grayscale of those photographs.
Download for Episode 28: Learn Your Genre — How to Dissect a Novel You Love
Book Dissection Worksheets
The most effective way to learn to write in a new genre is to read existing books in the genre and understand which parts of them connect with you… and which parts don’t.
Along with Episode 28, these worksheets will work you through the process of learning the genre you want to write.
Download for the YouTube Live Writing Chat
Coming Up with a Story Idea Big Enough for a Novel
Holly’s Complete Worksheet Demo
Holly filled out the worksheets from one of her two demo artifacts. You can use her examples as one way to approach the questions you answer on your own. (Yes, smartass + puns is ONE way to build a novel idea)
Download for Episode 06: Settings and Worldbuilding
Your First Story World in Five Minutes
In this short demonstration workshop, you’ll a complete, effective story world in five minutes that will improve your story’s:
- types of conflict
- variety of characters
- potential for compelling events, As well as…
- your immersion as a writer
- your reader’s immersion
Downloads for Episode 05: The Story Brainstorming Workshop – Part Two
Download the brainstorming rules and guidelines:
Learn the “Wall and Ball” techniques for doing story brainstorming sessions with a partner, using the ideas you came up with on your Episode 4 story brainstorming worksheets (below) as your starting point.
Downloads for Episode 04: The Story Brainstorming Workshop – Part One
Download the blank worksheets:
Want help brainstorming story ideas? Listen to Episodes 4 & 5: Brainstorming Fiction, and work along with us as we build out brand new story ideas.
Holly’s and Rebecca’s Filled Out Paperwork:
Rebecca’s “live in the podcast” worksheets. Not completely filled out, because we were on the clock.
These are incompletely filled out because we were doing this live and running against a clock. Take the time to fill yours out completely.