Last week, I uploaded a worksheet on editing your novel. This one is kind of related in that it’ll help you keep track of which characters possess which items throughout your story, or which items are in which locations.
This week, I’ve been editing a hell manuscript. It’s like a normal manuscript, only I hate it. So, it makes sense that I should give you a worksheet about editing, right?
So this week’s worksheet is another one of those I use for working out what to do next when I can decide between a few different but similar scenarios. I find it useful when two characters are in conflict about a situation.
Best/Worst Case Scenario Worksheet
This week, I’m all about magic. Mostly, I’m hoping that I’ll discover some kind of magical pen that can write while I sleep or a spell that will stop me getting tired. No luck yet, but it did seem like a great idea for a worksheet.
Occasionally, we get stuck when we’re writing. The two characters in your scene haven’t interacted in exactly the way you wanted them to and now the bank job is delayed. Or the wedding. Or someone didn’t get murdered properly. Whatever it was that ought to have happened, you’re not sure how to get back on track. So, what next? Here’s a worksheet that may help.
Last week, I uploaded a worksheet on creating laws for your fictional world. This time, we’re going to punish all those characters that break them.
Every civilisation needs laws of some sort, whether they are defined by the state, social convention or a god. Law is one of those lovely things you can use to keep your characters in check. It’s also a great tool for forcing your characters to do things they don’t really want to do.
This week’s worksheet is designed to be used over and over whenever you visit somewhere new (or old) to build up your own reference library for sensory details in places. It’s one of the things that my beta-readers often tell me needs improving. I know what the places looks and feels like, but I’ve not put enough of it into the writing. By building up a reference library, you can look back at places you’ve visited and recall more clearly how it felt to actually be there.
Due to a quirk of nature by which I am both terrible at remembering things and using the internet, last week’s worksheet didn’t get uploaded. So, happy Monday, everybody. Here’s a bonus for you.
Since I added a Worldbuilding Worksheet a few days ago with the aim of using your characters to help flesh out your world, I thought I’d upload a straight Questionnaire about the settings you might use in your story. Like the last one, I’ve tried to make it as comprehensive as possible, which does mean some of the boxes won’t be useful all of the time – if you use it to design a city, for example, the “Anthem” field is probably not going to get filled.