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I’m working on a special for pantsers—those of you who discover the story by diving in and writing:
Typically, writing worksheets tend be about creating a story with an outline. That’s not particularly helpful if you don’t outline!
So I’m making something that that’ll help the writing process along and be a useful tool.
The proposed worksheet package:
- Character worksheets: These are not going to be your typical character worksheets. They’ll include a few fields that no one else uses but will be important to character development.
- Reverse outline worksheets: These are to be filled out AFTER you’ve written a scene, or a batch of them. They’re like being on a path in the woods and turning around to see the landmarks of where you’ve been. One of sections is a lot of fun to think about!
- Character List: To be filled out after you’ve written a large chunk of the story. It’ll help you identify characters who need a little more work.
I’ll also include instructions how things that will help you write a novel without outlining (I wish I could say it was a step-by-step instruction) and the ultimate pantser’s tool, cycling.
Are there any worksheets you feel should be included?
The first thing that came to mind for me: Setting/Place Lists – similar to the character list at #3 above.
Maybe also an “Unusual Tech/Magic/Items” list for anything unusual that might pop up later in the story or in a sequel.
Looking forward to seeing both other suggestions and the final product!
That’s a good idea. I’m thinking fields for Description, Weather, Temperature…will ponder if there should be anything else.
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