Eighteen isn’t too young to run your life into the ground, but it’s not too old to fix it, either. The desire for change drives Willa Kirk from St. John’s, Newfoundland back to hometown of Smiths Falls, Ontario, away from her mistakes and the place where her sister died. She’s looking for a place to settle and rebuild, but Jem Harper just wants to get out of town, back to the life he knew before cancer. By letting the tragedies in their lives define them, they are both dying a little more every day. Welcome to the wake.
In this companion novella to Wake, Frank invites the Kirk family home to Smiths Falls for Thanksgiving weekend. Holidays are always a trial for the family that lost their daughter and sister, but Frank is hopeful that this Thanksgiving will be the exception. He has some happy news to share. If only he wasn’t so reluctant to talk about it.
For writers, artists, gamers, and role-players, this book contains fifty map templates and legends to inspire creativity. Plan the locations of your stories using these black and white map templates and legends. Record the names of cities and towns, landmarks (e.g. mountains, rivers, etc.), bodies of water, and provinces and districts. Keep track of your own markings, such as roadways, with the Lines & Symbols space. Use the blank pages for notes, rough drafts, or anything else about your creations you wish to record.
Map pages are made with plain lines, which make it easy to interpret the landforms and bodies of water any way you wish. The scale of these maps is entirely up to you — map a single city or an entire continent.
This journal, created with novelists in mind, is designed to help you reflect on your writing at the end of the day. Its pages can be filled out non-consecutively; journal as much as you want, whether that’s every day or only once a month.
You’ll find a Novel Planning section to help you draft an outline of your story. Chart your goals, draft a writing manifesto to remind you to stay positive, and keep track of your characters’ plot arcs.
The Journal section of this book offers room to track the details of the day, such as your word count. Use the Summarize Today’s Writing section to reflect on what you accomplished, and remind yourself what you need to do during your next writing session. Each day in the journal contains an optional prompt. These are designed to encourage reflection — about yourself, your book, the nature of writing, or the wonder of life.
At the back of the Novel Writing Journal, you’ll find Miscellany, a collection of writing-related lists, records, and prompts. Record your top playlist songs, keep track of the words you want to use more often, and jot down your critique partner’s contact details.
You’ll find Five Minute Free Write pages sprinkled throughout the Novel Writing Journal. Each of these contains an optional prompt, but the main goal is to take five minutes away from your primary work to scribble something frivolous, without agenda or expectations.
Do you have the tools to take control of your research process?
The Printable Research Organizer is a workbook designed to help novelists and genre fiction authors. If you’re looking for a way to organize, streamline, and accelerate your research, this is the resource for you.
The workbook contains 35+ pages of tools to guide your research.
- Use the category guides to divide your research into manageable sections.
- Track your resources with the bibliography template.
- Try the research prompts to kickstart your process, if you’re unsure where to start.
- Learn how to structure your notes in a way that will make writing your novel a breeze.
Each section of the workbook is packed with the strategies and techniques I’ve used over the past decade to write genre fiction (historical and science fiction).
Are you ready to get started?
Is your story outline helping or hindering your research process?
The Research-Oriented Novel Outline is a template for genre fiction writers, and authors whose stories require careful research. Set yourself up for successful research and writing processes with this fillable PDF template and guide.
Are you ready to make your outline work not just for your writing process, but your research process too?
- Scene worksheets to guide the breakdown of plotting and research elements.
- Plotting worksheets to convert your story and character arcs into digestible pieces.
Let’s get started, shall we?
Ever worry about keeping all the details straight while you work on your soon-to-be-bestselling masterpiece? This 12-page template has everything you need to create a story bible — a comprehensive document with the details of your characters, settings and maps, and timelines. There’s even a template to record the details of any magic and technology you create for your fictional universe.
This PDF is designed to be printed according to what pages you need in a specific quantity. Need lots of character profiles but few setting sketches? Print as many profiles as you have characters. It’s easy to use the Story Bible for Writers and Novelists to assemble a document that meets your needs.
Includes two cover options: full image and printer-friendly. This PDF is designed in black and white for easy, economical printing.
Setting Sketch (Map)
Character Summary (2 Pages)
Timeline of Events (Detailed)
Magic & Technology Outline