Story Workbook Series: Part 2 - What to Include?
Story Workbook Series: Part 3 - Characters
Story Workbook Series: Part 4 - World
Story Workbook Series: Part 5 - Countries and Realms
Story Workbook Series: Part 6 - Cities and Towns
Story Workbook Series: Part 7 - Outlines and Series Wrap-Up
Welcome to Part 7 of the Story Workbook Series: Creating a Story Workbook for Your Stories and Novels. This is, by no means, the only way to create a story workbook. I am simply walking you through my process of setting one up. Feel free to make any changes that you deem necessary to help you organize your notes for your novel or novel series. The goal of the story workbook is to get it all together in one place so that you can start -- and finish! -- your novel with ease. (Well, let's be honest, with as much ease as you can have while bleeding out a seventy-five thousand word novel.)
Outlines and Series Wrap-Up
The final section of your story workbook is pretty self-explanatory. You put your outlines there. 'Nuff said. If you have rewritten that outline nine different times and you have notes for a chapter you want to shove between chapters six and seven, throw it in the Outlines section. You'll thank me for this sage advice later.
If you have been following this series since I began it back in December 2017, then you should have most of a Story Workbook in front of you. It may not be pretty, but you have gotten the information down. It’s out of your head, and it is down on paper so it cannot be forgotten.
And that is the point of a story workbook.
Because you will forget it.
So, if you take anything away from this series, let it be this: WRITE IT DOWN!
It doesn’t have to be organized, but let’s face it, being organized makes it a great deal easier to find those pesky details from book one or paragraph four that you can’t seem to remember off the top of your head in book three or in the final paragraph of your story. But it does have to be written down and, preferably, in the same notebook or folder.
So, now that you have finished your story workbook, and you know everything there is to know about your world and your characters, let’s go write the book.
I hope you enjoyed this series! I had a blast writing it.