As we’ve seen over the past few weeks, a little organization can go a long way when tackling a creative writing project. Whether you’re plotting out every detail of your story or just making quick notes as you go, getting the ideas out of your head and into Evernote can free up brain cells for actual writing.
With the kickoff of National Novel Writing Month just around the corner, we’ve made some writing templates that can help you get your NaNoWriMo novel in gear. Give them a try and let us know what you think.
To use these templates in your own project, just click the link for the template you want, then click the “Save to Evernote” button at the top of the note. The template will be added to your Evernote account where you can modify it at will.
Story premise template
A good story starts with a strong premise. A few minutes spent working out the core elements of your story—the protagonist, situation, conflicts, and goals—can clarify everything that comes after.
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Character profile template
The realism of your characters can make or break a story. Give your characters more depth by thinking about what they look like, their backgrounds, and the ways they speak, behave, and think.
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Novel plotting template (3-act structure)
A classic model of storytelling is based on three “acts”—the beginning, middle, and end. The first act contains the setup for your story, the longer second act contains rising action and conflict, and the third act resolves the situation.
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Novel plotting template (story beats)
There are many ways of plotting a novel, but the concept of story beats (borrowed from screenwriting) is gaining popularity. Beats are a simple list of milestones and turning points that provide a bare-bones structure and rhythm for your story. As you write your scenes, the next beat provides a clear direction and goal to aim for, while leaving the path completely open to your creativity. It’s an approachable, fun system that’s especially suited to genre fiction.
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Worldbuilding basics template
“Worldbuilding” isn’t just for epic fantasies and strange planets. Just like it’s a good idea to know as much as you can about your characters, the more you know about your setting, the more realistically you can write about it.
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We hope these templates will help you get your novel in gear. Let us know in the comments how well they work for you.