Introducing the...
Step-by-Step
Novel Planning Workbook

The Fun, Easy Way To Prepare  Your Literary Adventure.

Writing a novel is so much easier if you do a little planning first. And thanks to the Step-by-Step Novel Planning Workbook, the process of planning your breakthrough novel has never been easier.

Using simple worksheets and instructions, the workbook guides you through the various stages of

  • Finding story ideas that are original and intriguing.
  • Creating a dramatically sound synopsis.
  • Designing a main character with a compelling inner journey.
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  • Rounding out your cast with memorable, believable characters who can fulfill the dramatic requirements of your story.
  • Researching an authentic setting -- or designing a fantasy world.
  • Finding the right narrative mode and point of view to tell your story.
  • Crafting a sophisticated thematic message.
  • Planning sequences and scenes.

... and doing it all in a way that is fun and creative.

Combines Fun, Creative Exercises with Sophisticated Literary Technique.

The mission of How to Write a Book Now is to take the most sophisticated theories of story structure and literary technique and make them practical, easy to use, and fun (and by fun, we mean a way that harnesses every writer's natural creativity).

The Step-by-Step Novel Planning Workbook began as a set of worksheets and exercises developed for a series of creative writing courses taught by author Glen C. Strathy to both adults and teenagers at Queen's University and St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario. Drawing on his training in both Dramatica Story Theory and theatre arts, Glen designed these courses to help emerging writers take a quantum leap in their creativity, their writing skills, and their understanding of what makes great stories work.

The resulting workbook consists of 55 pages of worksheets and instructions that guide you through the complete process of novel planning. It will help you find and develop your story ideas, and make sure your novel has a solid, emotionally compelling structure -- before you even begin your first chapter.

Unlike other novel brainstorming systems, the Step-by-Step Novel Planning Workbook is built upon a solid base of story theory. The exercises are open-ended, giving you the creative freedom do design the story you want, while at the same time helping you create a solid story structure.

55 Pages of Worksheets and Instructions Cover Every Aspect of Novel Planning.

Here are just a few of the vital novel-planning steps you can accomplish with the Step-by-Step Novel Planning Workbook...

  • Practise 3 ways to generate original story ideas.
  • Take a simple story idea and develop it into a rich and detailed narrative suitable for expressing as a full-length work.
  • Create a logline and a brief synopses that reveal the strengths and weaknesses of your story idea before you even start to write a first draft.
  • Map out the arc of your main character's inner conflict and integrate it with your story's outcome.
  • Use 3 ways to flesh out your cast of characters, and make each character memorable, believable, and unique.
  • Create detailed settings for the major events of your story -- whether your story world is contemporary, historical, or fantasy.
  • Develop a complete plot, including the major turning points and multiple levels of story.
  • Use the power of the monomyth model to create young adult fiction.
  • Discover the right narrative mode and point of view from which to tell your story.
  • Master the secret to great descriptive writing.
  • And more!

By the time you're finished, your story will be so well planned, the actual writing process will fly by. You'll never suffer from writer's block, because you'll always know what's about to happen and what your characters will discover around the next corner.

Newly Updated, But Still Just $5 USD

After a successful test run, the Step-by-Step Novel Planning Workbook has been revised to give all the worksheets additional visual appeal. Some worksheets have been expanded to better address writers' needs. Also, a new Story Braiding exercise has been added to help you merge multiple subplots and storylines into one overall (and quite thorough) outline for your novel.


The workbook comes in PDF format, so you can easily open it on any computer and print off copies of individual worksheets to write on and perhaps store in your writer's notebook.

Best of all, we have kept the price to just $5.00 (US).

To download your copy of the Step-by-Step Novel Planning Workbook, simply click on the "Add to cart" button below. Your payment is safe and secure...

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