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Start a writing group at WriterLink and claim a free subscription to StoryPlanner.com

Writers are typically shy, I know this because I’m a writer and a quiet person. Yet setting up a writing group with a bunch of strangers seven years ago, was the best decision for this particular lonely writer! I love the way my little group has helped my writing improve and I’ve found some wonderful new friends. I soon stopped feeling shy and our meetings are useful and fun.

WriterLink is a new website I’ve set up to help writers start writing groups and meet new friends. I know that setting up a writing group can be daunting, so I’m offering a free subscription to my long-established site StoryPlanner.com for everyone who tries it! 

Anyone who starts a group at WriterLink before November 30th will get a year’s free Premium subscription to Story Planner (value $40.) Story Planner offers hundreds of plans and templates to structure a novel, develop characters, plan story worlds, and much more.

The WriterLink community is very new, and I hope you might consider helping it grow. People generally like to join groups, but fewer people want to start things and take a lead. So, I want to support the community-spirited writers who set up new groups at WriterLink. It is very rewarding to start a writing group, I’m sure you won’t regret it.

Writerlink is completely free, so why not take the plunge and launch a group of your own?

Here’s all you need to do.

  1. Create an account at WriterLink.org – it’s free!
  2. On the top menu click on Create a Group > Create a Community Writing Group.
  3. Choose a name for your group, add a description and a picture if you like.
  4. When your group is created you’ll have a unique web address for your group webpage. You can use this to tell your writing friends, or to share on social media.
  5. From your group page click ‘create event’ and set up a writing group meeting. You might use Zoom or Jitsi (free) for video meets, or simply set up a meeting to share stories/chapters using WriterLink’s upload feature, and give written feedback in your group’s private forum.
  6. Grow your group and enjoy your meetings!

If you’d like to take advantage of the free StoryPlanner Pro offer set up your writing group and a meeting/event at WriterLink.org and send me the link to your group page. Make sure you also have an account registered at StoryPlanner.com and I’ll give you a $40 Premium upgrade. (See full Terms and Conditions below.)

I hope you’ll overcome any shyness and take that first step with launching a new group. Stuck for ideas on what sort of group to set up? Here are some suggestions.

A write together group. Set a time and meet together on Zoom to write quietly together for an hour. It will do wonders for your productivity to have a writing appointment like this.

A feedback group for novelists. WriterLink offers tools to securely share chapters with the group. You can meet each month to give feedback on your work-in progress novel. You could even set up a novel group for a specific genre of fiction.

A book club for writers. Don’t you think writers read novels with a unique eye? Why not set up a group to read fiction, and discuss the book with a writer’s eye for plot, character and theme.

A group with writing prompts. WriterLink offers downloadable writing exercises, so why not read out a prompt then all write together for 20 minutes or so? Writers might want to volunteer to read out their work.

These are just a few ideas. WriterLink works for all kinds of writing group. What sort of group would you like to join? The best way to find a writing group that meets your needs exactly is to set one up! Not only will starting a writing group help your own writing but you’ll be giving something back to the writing community. Your group members are bound to be grateful. 

Good luck to all new writing group leaders, and please let me know if you have any suggestions for WriterLink. The site is new and I’m open to ideas. Check out WriterLink HERE.


Promotion Terms and Conditions

1- The promoter is Story Planner / WriterLink of  Suite B0189 265-269 Kingston Road, Wimbledon, London, SW19 3NW

2- The promotion is open to writers aged 18 years or over.

3- There is no purchase necessary to participate in this promotion, however all conditions outlined in these terms must be met.

4- The offer of one $40 annual Premium subscription to StoryPlanner.com depends on the following conditions being met. a) A new community writing group must be created at WriterLink.org b) An ‘event’ (as in a writing group meeting, feedback sharing session, or chat session on the forum) must be set up for the new writing group.

5- To claim the promotion the claimant must create an account (free) at StoryPlanner.com and email contact@storyplanner.com listing a) the email address used to create the Story Planner account, and b) the URL link for the writing group created at WriterLink.org. The Premium subscription will be credited to your Story Planner account within 7 days.

6- Only one promotional offer is available per person, and per WriterLink writing group.

7- This promotion will close on November 30th 2021.  It will be available for a maximum of 100 promotion claimants. After this date no further promotion claims will be permitted.

8- No responsibility can be accepted for promotion claim emails not received for whatever reason.

9- There is a good faith understanding that the group and event created to claim this promotion will welcome member writers to participate, and events will take place as scheduled. If the group / event are deleted or cancelled we reserve the right to cancel the promotional Story Planner Premium subscription.

10-  The promotion offer is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. If a Story Planner Premium subscription is already held by a writer claiming this promotion a 12 month extension will be added to the current subscription.

11- By applying for this promotion the applicant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

12- The promotion and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.

13. WriterLink / Story Planner shall have the right, at its sole discretion and at any time, to change or modify these terms and conditions, such change shall be effective immediately upon posting to this webpage. WriterLink / Story Planner also reserves the right to cancel the promotion if circumstances arise outside of its control.

How to plan a NaNoWriMo novel (or ANY new work of fiction) STEP 1 – Could one well-crafted line be the only plan you need?

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) when writers around the world set themselves the challenge of writing 50,000 words in one month. It’s a tricky thing to do, but I’ve succeeded three times now. I’ve learned that the more a story is planned the easier this challenge becomes. I also believe using a plan will give a better end result. So in the following weeks, I’m going to outline some tips and tricks for planning new works of fiction.

STEP 1 – Could one well-crafted line be the only plan you need?

If you do nothing else to plan your novel try this one simple and effective idea. Start small, and think of one perfect line that sums up your novel and makes it sound interesting. This has to be a line that’s detailed enough to show the heart of your story. This line might reveal what makes the characters compelling, the central action of the story, the conflict, the themes. It probably won’t cover all of this ground (that’s a big ask!) but ideally it shows the strengths of your idea, the aspects that make you and your reader excited to read the finished work.

Define your story in this short form and write it on a post-it note to stick on your laptop, this will ensure you don’t wander off course when you write.

The reason one good line describing a story works as a perfect story plan is because it means a writer will focus on the crucial building blocks of story: character, action, conflict, and theme.

A ‘less is more’ approach keeps a story tightly focused, it also ensures the writer understands the strengths of their story before they begin writing. Take a look at the following three approaches to writing.

Writer A: The instinctive writer. Writer A is writing a novel about six characters in a jungle, two of whom fall in love, there’s a dangerous encounter with a dinosaur, there’s a flashback to an incident with a fatal car crash… Writer A gets to the end of his novel and someone asks what this book is about. This writer spills out lots of exciting incident, it’s an enthusiastic answer full of plot details. The listener nods, a little bemused, but they don’t really understand the story. Writer A doesn’t really know the strengths of his story, and they certainly don’t see that there is a difference between plot (incidents that occur in a narrative, the detail of what happens in a scene) and story (the overarching narrative drive, the big picture of a character getting from A to B.) The book might be a great read, but most likely it’s full of elements that don’t tie together particularly well.

Writer B: Putting premise first. Writer B spends 10 days honing a one or two line description of her work. She has lots of ideas for characters and scenes and plot, but she knows that every element of the story has to serve the overall concept. They decide the story premise is, ‘A love story about two adventurers hunting a long lost dinosaur in the jungle, one wants to save it and one wants to kill it as a trophy; how can two people with very different values get along?’ This short summary of the story will guide the whole novel. Whether the writer does any more planning or not, this one small sentence, if followed, can guide their course when they write.

Looking at just this short line the writer can ensure that all story elements connect to the love/hate relationship between the characters, and the theme of different values. This short premise also suggests the genre of the work is a love story, so the writer knows they need to consider the conventions of that genre. So can you see how useful a carefully worked premise can be?

So, what to do if you have a vague idea but find it hard to define a premise before you write?

Writer C: The willing to put the work in writer. Writer C feels drawn to write a story about a woman struggling with a relationship. They have an idea or two, but they know it’s best not to be set on any one idea, they know they shouldn’t just get going and hope to add conflict and story detail as they go along. Our hard working writer decides to think carefully about one or two lines to describe their novel before they begin to write. They will reject all the story premises that don’t sound compelling – they’re probably not going to be novels worth writing. They will hone their ideas until they have a line that offers character, conflict and action, and, crucially, sounds intriguing too.

Here are Writer C’s first few attempts at writing a novel plan premise.

A teacher is struggling with her relationship as she deals with trying to win promotion. – This story sounds a bit dull and lacking conflict, it’s hard to see how the motivation to do well at work connects to her relationship.

A busy woman struggles to deal with her relationship as she spends her time fighting to save her failing cafe. – This character doesn’t seem sympathetic, she’s just obsessed with work, and there’s conflict due to the failing business, but, again, it doesn’t connect to the character’s goal.

A busy woman struggles to deal with her relationship as she spends her time fighting to save her failing cat cafe. – Just one extra word puts a new spin on this premise, don’t you think? A woman running a cat cafe is much more sympathetic… What happens to the cats if the business fails? Does she care more about the cats than the relationship?Still not perfect, but a little better.

A politician struggles to save her relationship, determined to rebuild it using the one night each week she doesn’t have any meetings.

This premise works well because it tells us about character, and motivation, we get a feel for a career politician who wants it all, and yet we know she also wants someone in her life. It also tells us about story action, we know the novel will centre around the one crucial date night each week. It also suggests the story conflict, surely one night isn’t going to be enough to save this relationship? Will she value her relationship enough to save it? The premise should seek to inspire a question that will be answered in the story’s conclusion. The question here is: Will the career politician save her relationship?

I hope these examples show that a whole novel can be usefully condensed to just one line. If you need two lines that’s ok too!

So why not try to develop a short, focused description of your key story elements? I think this sort of clarity can help to craft a better book. An ability to see your novel clearly and describe it succinctly shows you understand the main drivers of your narrative – strong character, compelling conflict, and a hero who needs or wants something. Readers engage with characters who are imperfect, active, and have clear motivation.

If you want to explore techniques to write a one or two line premise try visiting Story Planner’s ‘log line’ section, there are plenty of template plans to help you write a short premise. Learn more HERE.

Randy Ingermanson developed the Snowflake Method which suggests the starting point of any novel should be one simple premise, and the story should grow from this to 5 sentences describing the key plot points. If you want to try the Snowflake Method we have a plan to write your outline at Story Planner. Explore the Snowflake Method HERE.

Check back in coming weeks to find more about planning your novel. The first part in our series looked at generating ideas. You’ll find the tips HERE.

How to plan a NaNoWriMo novel (or ANY new work of fiction) STEP 0 – Techniques for generating novel ideas

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and thousands of writers around the globe will try to write 50,000 words in a month. In the coming weeks, I’m going to outline some tips and tricks for planning new works of fiction.

This is my favourite exercise for hatching ideas. I’ve used it to come up with the novel idea I’ll be writing in November.

Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling famously said, “The best way to have a great idea is to have a lot of ideas.” It’s a great tip for writers.

If you try this exercise for generating novel ideas it’s best approached playfully; write down anything and everything that comes into your head. The good, the bad, the ugly, and even the silly!

1.Think of an intriguing story incident or plot point… (anything goes!)

2. Think of the very worst person this incident could happen to.

3. And repeat.

This exercise works just as well the other way around, thinking of character first. Some people seem to work better devising character than story plot, so if that fits you, then think of an intriguing character, then think of the very worst plot incident that could happen to this particular person.

The reason this method work is because it guarantees conflict is built into the heart of the story.

Some examples:

There’s a revolution and the poor take over the control of the country, the worst person this could happen to is a Queen who is convinced she’s better than anyone. 

A character suddenly loses their sight and has to learn how to cope with being blind, the worst person this could happen to is an artist who never listens to anyone.

The world is on the brink of catastrophe and only a team of expert scientists can fix the disaster, the worst person this could happen to is a scientist who trusts no one and always works alone.

Or, try the character first approach:

A beautiful woman who’s convinced she is ugly, finds herself in the worst situation, her picture is used in a popular meme, and the whole world is judging her appearance.

An idealistic vegan who wants everyone to stop eating meat, finds himself in the worst situation, he falls in love with a butcher and the only way to see her is to accept a job in an abattoir.

These are quick ideas and imperfect, but it’s best not to edit yourself when you try this exercise. The ideas are just a starting point. If you take some time and write a long list then usually one or two ideas will resonate, and these are the stories you should develop further.

It’s quite normal to find a few lines in your list that are similar. That’s because as writers we tend to explore themes that matter to us, it’s quite likely your subconscious will throw up story ideas that hold meaning for you, similar ideas just presented in a slightly different way. Don’t hold back if this happens! You’re going to be spending a lot of time writing a book, it’s important that this is a story that connects deeply to the themes that matter to you.

I hope this idea-generating plan is useful to you. It’s inspired by a technique mentioned in Stealing Hollywood by Alexandra Sokoloff, a book I highly recommend, it’s full of good ideas.

Once you have settled on an idea why not check out Story Planner’s log line templates to develop it further? Or try using the method detailed in step 1 of the Story Planner planning tips? Read more HERE.

WriterLink helps writers create and find writing groups

The creator of Story Planner has launched a new site called WriterLink, aimed at helping writers create groups based around shared aims and interests.

Writing can be a lonely business, and there are huge benefits to forming writing groups with other writers.

There are many styles of writing groups, but these three are the most common.

Social groups: Writing groups can be entirely social, so like-minded writers chat about their work-in-progress and help each other through the ups and downs of the writing journey.

Workshop groups: Many writing groups help writers improve their creative skills. Writers get together and use exercises, perhaps based around themes such as character or dialogue. These exercises help writers practise the craft of writing.

Feedback groups: Many writers wonder, ‘Is my work any good?’ Feedback or critique groups are a great way to share stories or chapters in a friendly, sympathetic, space.

In a feedback or critique group, the other writers will share tips for improvement which invariably leads to a stronger second draft. It’s always a confidence boost to hear a novel is on the right track, and most feedback groups will ensure there is praise as well as constructive criticism. Beta readers will help writers correct any story weaknesses before submitting to an agent or publishing a book.

WriterLink helps writers link up to form these groups and offers useful tools to make things easier for any new writing group organiser.

Seven years ago, I set up my own writing group but struggled to find members. It’s now going strong and thriving at WriterLink.

I initially set the group up on Meetup.com, but it’s not a site designed for writers, and what’s more, it charges $16.49 a month. WriterLink is free, and always will be for anyone who wants to set up a writing group for their community.

The site does charge businesses, such as writing courses to use the site, but it has a simple pricing policy aimed at making it easy to create a writing community and helping regular writers get together to make new friends.

Here’s some of the tools WriterLink offers writing groups.

How WriterLink can help social writing groups:

As a group organiser you might want to use chat forums. If so WriterLink has the option to add a forum to a writing group’s home page.

You can also add a forum to event pages, allowing you to discuss details of a forthcoming meeting for example.

There is also the option to send messages to group members, and you can automate reminders about your next meeting.

The site uses ‘tags’ so friendship groups can easily be formed around shared interests.

For example, if you’re looking for new writer friends working on a more niche genre (such as vampire stories) you could tag a group “vampires” and find writers who share the same interest.

You can set a group to be “public” when seeking new members, or “private” when enough friends have been found.

How WriterLink helps feedback and critique writing groups:

If you want to discuss and give notes on stories, chapters, or poems, you can create an event page that lets members upload their written work.

The page will be completely secure, so the work can only be accessed by the group members.

You might want to discuss the submissions in a live or online meeting, or you could use the member-only forum to write notes on the work.

WriterLink’s reminder feature is handy for anyone organising a feedback group. You can set a reminder for a week before the meeting to remind members to upload their chapters for others to read.

How WriterLink helps workshop style writing groups:
It can be quite daunting setting up a group about practising writing skills, but any writer can set one up.


WriterLink offers free writing group exercises to download. Groups can choose a theme to practise and find exercises to try. For example, you might want to look at character or story structure. Simply choose an exercise and discuss the theme.

Talking about a writing concept can be especially useful and writers can chat about the authors who demonstrate these concepts well.

A workshop style meeting can also be used for writers to write together. You might set up a meeting on WriterLink with Zoom and invite other writers to join a quiet, productive, writing session.

You might choose to run an online writing group using video software like Zoom, or Jitsi (recommended, it’s free!). Or try a Discord channel.

You can set up a traditional group, meeting in a cafe or community venue. You could even set up a group based online at WriterLink, using the group discussion forums and messaging.

If you’ve never organised a writing group before we urge you to give it a go. It’s a good feeling to be responsible for the creation of a new group, and your group members will almost certainly be sympathetic to any nerves and keen to help!

The WriterLink site is brand new so it’s gradually getting busier. But there are more and more groups available, including a group for StoryPlanner members. The site is free and easy to use, so why not check the site out and become one of the founding members?

We hope you’ll try WriterLink and find some creative new friends to share your writing journey.

New story plans coming soon

We’ve been busy creating a brand new writing site to complement Story Planner. We’re just putting the finishing touches to the new site and will share details soon! We’ve also put together some new writing plans based on feedback from Story Planner’s community.

You’ve told us you’d like:

  • A 5 Act Structure plan
  • 9 Act Structure
  • A scene planning guide
  • A plan to combat writer’s block
  • A writer’s media kit
  • Plotting for romance novels
  • The Virgin’s Journey
  • And more!

Look out for these plans in the coming weeks. What’s your favourite writing plan? Get in touch and we’ll try to add it to the site.

Check out the varied range of plans at StoryPlanner com now.

How to keep busy writing in difficult times

Story planning while in lock down

If there are any saving graces to being stuck at home right now, it is time to write. Even better if doing so provides a small distraction from the problems of the world…

It’s our hope that you’re finding Story Planner to be a useful helper in these difficult times.  

But with many new members I thought it might be worth reminding everyone about some of the many features you can use.

I’ve highlighted a few here.

Sometimes I find switching on working from one to another can serve as a break. Which helps with my motivation! But see if switching to any of these helps you in the same way.

Things like…

Bring your characters to life: Use the character plans to make real and believable characters for your story. Each of them will help you dig deeper into their background or create believable characters in just a couple of sentences.

Get your story Agent-ready: Our synopsis and outline plans will help you tell your entire story in a single page – perfect for when the time comes to pitch your novel to an agent. You can even find the perfect elevator pitch with log lines to boil it down to a line or two.

Get your chapters just right: You’ll find a selection of chapter plans on Story Planner. Each is designed to help organise your chapters and scenes, and keep your story focused.

Find your ideal story location: Our settings plans help you discover the best place to set your story. That goes for whether you’re building your own science fiction world, or you want to bring your story alive practicing descriptions of key locations.

Prepare your story for the screen: If you’re writing a screenplay rather than a novel, our Screenplay plans provide help in the same way. There are nine screen writing plans to choose from. Everyone from ten-minute plot point help, to more in-depth studies.

I hope writing offers some solace during these difficult times, and a useful distraction from the news headlines. But don’t be too hard on yourself if your usual writing routine is a bit disjointed right now.

In the meantime, if there’s any way we can help with your writing, or if you just want to say hello, I hope you’ll drop me a line.

Best wishes from the UK.

Joanne

How can we help you plan your novel?

We’re about to add some new writing plans to Story Planner, because 76 plans just aren’t enough!

 If there’s anything you’d like to see on Story Planner we’d love to hear from you. We already offer dozens of story structure plans, from traditional three act structure, to Index Cards and the popular “Hero’s Journey” plan. We also have a range of methods to help you write a synopsis, define your log line, or to get closer to your characters.

We want to offer the widest range of writing plans online, so email Joanne@StoryPlanner.com with any suggestions you’d find useful.

 And if you haven’t used Story Planner for a while take a look at the extensive content already available. If you’re planning a new novel this New Year we have just the right tools to help you!

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No Plan? No Problem! Plan now to get the most out of NaNoWriMo

I can’t remember how I stumbled on the enjoyable book No Plot No Problem by Chris Baty.

But I do remember it offered something no other writing guide had ever done before.

In detail more crazy than serious, it showed how to write a 50,000-word novel in a single month. That was 11 years ago. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is still going strong.

As Baty pointed out, the first step to calling yourself a novelist was to actually write a novel. His “low stress, high velocity” solution got that bit out of the way in just 30 days.

Write a (bad) novel in just 30 days

So I took up the challenge, and every day hammered away at the keyboard.

I had a vague idea of where I was going, but Baty had been clear: plot and character were unnecessary. The important thing was to get the words down, and the novel written.

30 days later I’d done just that, and I was filled with enormous pride at the achievement.

There was just one problem. My novel was terrible.

In fact calling what I’d produced a “novel” would be to disgrace the very word.

But, I’d had a lot of fun. And it wasn’t difficult to see how a few tweaks would have made the month much more productive.

How to write a (good) novel in 30 days

For example, if I’d planned my story and had a better idea of things like plot and character, I would have written a better story. Or at least produced something I could work on and improve.

I also wouldn’t have spent quite so much time staring at the ceiling, wondering whether now was the time to introduce a random alien invasion into my story.

Luckily, anyone facing the same crisis now has a few options to fall back on.

How to get the best out of NaNoWriMo

For one thing  Story Planner will help you straighten out your plot structure, consider story settings, and work on your characters, even before the flag drops on Day 1 of NaNoWriMo.

There are hundreds of outlines to choose from on the Story Planner website, and all of them will help get your idea into shape, so you’re ready to get writing.

Register at Story Planner and you get two weeks of unlimited plans to try out completely free. That could be enough to get you ready for a month of frantic typing.

That gives you access to character outlines , structure plans, and various other tools that will help you plan, and then write your novel. It’s already been used by thousands of writers to get their novels started, planned, and written.

And that way you’ll avoid my fate, while still enjoying the whole NaNoWriMo experience.

So no idle time staring at the ceiling. And at the end of the month, you might just have a draft of your novel you can take pride in, and start treating as a serious piece of work.

To find out a little more about our Story Plans ahead of NaNoWriMo, check out our easy to use  ‘Novel Launcher’ system, or look at our premium options for unlimited story plans for a year or more. 

And, if you still prefer to head into NaNoWriMo like I did, with an old fashioned disregard for anything as serious as plot, then good luck. You’re still going to have terrific fun.

But if you get stuck, give those Story Plans another look.

Alternatively, throw in that random alien invasion I mentioned. It works every time.

National Novel Writing Month starts on November 1st.

Does your plot need rescuing? The Once Upon a Time plan could be the hero you need

It’s still one of the classic ways to begin a story.

 If you haven’t started a story with Once Upon a Time… you’ve most certainly read one that did.

 Somehow, even as kids, we know immediately what to expect.

 There will be heroes, villains, an obstacle to overcome, and in between all that maybe a princess to rescue.

So in this week after the wedding of a Prince, we thought we’d praise what is one of the most simple and effective plans on StoryPlanner.com.

The Pixar Once Upon a Time story plan.

It starts with that most simple of story introductions.

Once upon a time…

Then come more prompts, each designed to move your story along and make you think clearly about what you want to happen next.

And every day…

Before you know it, it’s taken you through all the adventures and escapades you’d find in a typical story.

Until finally…

The outline of your story is ready — waiting for you to start adding characters, setting, and all that other magic you conjure up when writing.

And because of this…

It’s not limited to stories that involve Princes and Princesses, or even those aimed at young readers.

As you fill in the plan you’ll start to notice something.

It works for any story.

All stories, from fairy tales to adult fiction, share the same elements of the Once Upon a Time structure.

And if you’re struggling with the plot to your own story, breaking it down into its most fundamental elements can be a great way to fix the tricky bits that have been slowing you down.

That goes for whether your story features princes, princesses, dragons, or merely the paparazzi.

Until finally…

Well, until finally you and your story live happily ever after.

But then we would say that.

If you’re looking for a simple way to plot your story, or if you’re trying to get an old project restarted, or if you need to make sure the structure of your novel works in the most simple of ways, the Pixar Once Upon a Time Story Spine is ready to come to the rescue.

You can try the Pixar Once Upon a Time Story plan absolutely free on StoryPlanner.com. Click here to get started.

New writing plans to help you make progress with your novel

Story Planner offers the largest collection of novel planning templates online, and we’ve added ten new planning methods. We hope there’s something for everyone. Here’s what’s new.

Non-fiction book proposal.  This plan creates a perfectly designed proposal to pitch a book to an agent or publisher. If you have an idea for a non-fiction book this template will guide you to outline the project. Try it here.

‘Sixty seconds until the bus gets here!’ synopsis. Outline your book with this super-speedy method. Sometimes we know too much about our story and this plan helps to avoid the detail and concentrate on the broader story. Try this fast outlining method here.

1-page synopsis template. You only need 7 paragraphs to impress an agent or publisher with a great synopsis. This plan helps you define your story’s key points to write a perfect 1-page synopsis. Try writing your synopsis here.

 

Start with the end plan. This plan is great for brainstorming new ideas. A compelling story finale is essential to any fiction. Start with the end and work backwards. Write your story (backwards!) here.

 

The Magnificent 7 Plot Points is a great way to define plot for screenwriters, but it works very well for novel plot too. This plan helps you define the back story, catalyst, crisis and other key elements of your character’s journey. Try it here.

 

Plans based on popular books. We’ve also added four new plans based on popular writing guides. Try K.M Weiland’s structure, Martha Alderson’s Plot Whisperer method,  James Scott Bell’s Super Structure, or John Yorke’s ‘Out of the Woods’ five act structure. These plans are perfect if you admire these writing experts work, or if you want to try one of these proven planning methods.

 

 Why not try one of our new plans and see if they help you make progress with your novel? Please get in touch if you have ideas for more plans to add to the site, we’re always looking for new story plans. We hope you find Story Planner’s writing tools useful.