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Ultimate Novel Planning Workbook by Lana Percherczyk

By  Alyssa Cormier     6:34 PM    Labels: 

Ultimate Novel Planning Workbook

     I found this book a couple of months ago. It reminded me of Scrivener but on paper, which I think is a big plus, especially if you're the type of writer that enjoys writing on paper rather than digitally.
     If you click on the title, it'll take you to amazon. You can purchase the book for 23$ CAD but you can also get the individual pages on Etsy.com as a digital download and print them off. You can get these pages for FREE, if you buy the book, leave a review and send an email to the publisher with a copy of your receipt and a link to the review.
     The book contains a lot of material. I'll cover a few of them but you can see more of them at Author Zoo on Etsy. One of the first pages is a Brain Dump page. The page title really says it all. All your thoughts an idea's, just dump them onto the page. :)
     You can take your stuff from the Brain Dump page and begin fleshing it out on the Story Brainstrom. Sections for your Protagonist, Antagonist, backstories, goals, problems to solve. Setting and Place, Genre of your novel, story theme and more.
     Further in, we get more in-depth profile pages. Not just for the Protagonist and Antagonist but general character sheets as well.
     Setting Pages; Town, Years, Season. One thing I like about this page is asks you to describe the setting from the Protagonist and Antagonist POV. Have you ever seen Jack Gleeson's My God it's Sunny Outside? Quite great when it comes to viewing things from different POV's.

     It gets a little more detailed with notes for each chapter. Touching on External Conflict, Internal Conflict, Plot Points, Day Time, Setting and the Characters in the chapter.
      Some of my favourite pages in the book are the Monthly Writing Planner. Your Word Count Goal and then your actually Word Count. There's enough pages in the book to cover a years worth of writing. Not shown is a section on the side which you can fill in To-Do lists for that week.

     The book gives you a nice foot up in a lot of things you'll need to do when writing a novel. Of course everyone has their own style, their own methods. A Panster might die looking at this, while a Planner might fall in love. Personally, I like it...though as you can see, I haven't used mine yet. This isn't the only book like this on the market, if you search you might find others that suit you better. Some other pages in the book that I haven't touched on are; blank pages in the back for Notes and Scrapbook (art pages), Word Pages (pages that contain other words for 'look', go, words to describe someones voice), There are Editing Pages, Writing Exercise pages, Show - don't tell pages. Plenty to help a person along in their plans to write a novel.

About Alyssa Cormier

Born in Newfoundland and currently living in Ontario. Alyssa lives with a house full of boys, 3 sons and a husband. She is a Writer, Artist and Artisan. Who, along with running an online shop called The Night Craft, takes custom commissions, and continiously works on her writing.

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