From NaNoWriMo to Speedbo

I've been participating in NaNoWriMo (writing a 50,000 word novel during the month of November) for several years, only successfully completing it once, but enjoying every minute of it even if I don't finish. So now I'm excited to be participating in SpeedBo - writing a novel during the month of March.  This time I'll be working on an Inspirational Western Romance.

SpeedBo is sponsored by Seekerville and free, so why not give it a try

Need some help plotting your novel? Check out these free worksheets...

Story Tracker (Act I, Act II, Act III)
These worksheets help you outline before you start writing, and/or keep track of your story’s progression as you go.

Story Idea Map
This worksheet is especially critical for writers who will be working without any kind of outline. During the first few days of your 30-day effort, you should complete this worksheet.

Scene Card
Scene cards can be used as an outlining tool before you begin your 30-day effort, or as a daily writing and brainstorming technique. Scene cards can also play a critical role in revision. Index cards can be used instead of the worksheet if preferred.

At-A-Glance Outline
The At-A-Glance Outline offers a quick way to fill in the blanks of your story. It guides you to answer the right questions for each area of your story, the questions that will come up fast when writing.

Character Sketch
Keep track of the qualities of each major character using these sketches. As you become more experienced as a writer, you may want to create your own character profile worksheets.

Character-Revealing Scenes
This more advanced outlining worksheet helps you identify where and how you will reveal important aspects of each major character.

This worksheet helps you consider your novel’s climax, the point where the protagonist faces the conflict directly, with his goal on the line.

Closing & Denouement
Questions on this worksheet analyze the novel’s post-climax scenes with an eye toward tying up unresolved arcs and the novel as a whole.

Reversal Brainstorm
Plan ahead for characters’ changes of heart, new situations, unexpected betrayals and more.

All Worksheets can be downloaded from HERE

 Happy Writing!

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Running out of ideas? Free Online Writing Course

Some writers have ideas coming out their ears. Well, not literally, of course, but lots of ideas. Ask most writers where they get their ideas and they'll say, "everywhere".

How nice for them...doesn't happen to me.

Tonight I came across a free online writing course called Endless Story Ideas. Here's the 411...

Endless Story Ideas

  • Course description: In this course, you'll generate lots of story ideas that you can develop in the weeks and months ahead. Most importantly, you'll learn how to generate new writing ideas whenever you need them.
  • Format: This course is conducted by e-mail. Students receive one lesson per day for three days.
  • Cost: free 
I just signed up for it, so we'll see how it goes.  Want to get in on this?  Here's a link to the page...

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