Do you need a more structured method of forming your ideas, plots, characters, scenes, whathaveyou? Our worksheets section is regularly updated with new packets of worksheets focused on various topics.
Don’t see a packet on the topic you need? Email us at Administration@FCWriters.com to let us know what you’re looking for. If we haven’t created an appropriate package yet, we’ll add it to the top of our list and work to create a series of worksheets to help you in your literary endeavors.
Everyone has a story in them. But not everyone has time to find that story. Not everyone has motivation to write that story. Not everyone is brave enough to write their story.
As writers, we have the motivation. As writers we find the time. As writers we are brave enough to put down our ideas onto paper.
That said, we all need help and resources sometimes. Time is still previous and hard to come by. Motivation is still fleeting and elusive to pin down for long periods of time. Bravery can waver when we look at all the other activities and obligations in our lives.
That’s where this workpacket is meant to come in handy. With just 10 pages of prompts, this packet is meant to provide the basic outline required for wrtiting a novel length plot.
By just investing 60 minutes, you’ll be able to compile the foundation of your next story.
You don’t have to take it all on at once, but it is advised to do all ten pages in one session so that you don’t lose any momentum.
Here’s a breakdown of how long you should spend on each page:
Character Foundations — Pages 1-3 — Time: 10 Minutes
Story Questions / Opposable Plot Points — Page 4-5 — Time: 15 Minutes
Expanding Your Plot — Pages 6-8 — Time: 20 Minutes
The Grand Finale — Page 9 — Time: 10 Minutes
The Road Goes Ever On — Page 10 — Time: 5 Minutes
Download the PDF version of this work packet here: Plot in 60 Minutes
Creating a multi-dimensional character requires personality. odd little quirks that force your character to react to various
situations in semiexpectable ways.
Pull on e personality trait from each column below and integrate it into your character. What has you character become?
What is he or she not capable of? Does he or she now have new limiations?
Download the PDF version here: Story Components – Personality Predicaments
A lot can be learned about a character by knowing what their profession is. What work do they enjoy doing? What work are they actually doing? What work would they like to be doing? Which job fits which profession is entirely up to you and your character. A well-rounded character is more than just one job, one passion. They’re multi-faceted and complicated.
Below are 100 potential occupations for your character. Check four of them. Your selections will be your character’s chosen, desired, and most dreaded professions, as well as his or her guilty pleasure / hobby.
Download the PDF version here: Story Components – Occupational Hazards
A picture is worth a thousand words. This worksheet gives you four chances to illustrate your characters’ actions throughout your story.
You can either write a brief caption of your illustration, or use the line spaces to detail important parts of your sketches you want to remember.
If all else fails, try drawing a portrait of your characters, to find out what they look like.
Download the PDF version here: Story Components – Polaroid Moments
Characters should be asked unusual questions to get the plot running, or to unveil something. The answers could make the difference between a sleep-through-read of a novel and a can’t-put-it-down page turner of a novel.
Try asking your character some of the below questions and see how your characters answer.
Download the PDF here: Story Components – Curious Character Questions
A lot can fit in a pocket, wallet, purse, or pack. Sometimes it’s as simple as money, other times it can be a life-saving rubber band and paper clip. What’s in your characters’ pockets?
Feel free to detail the various objects, and even sketch them out. That way, when your character pulls out a water pistol at a sword fight, you’ll know where it came from.
Download the PDF here: Story Components – Whats In My Pocket
Parents can have a huge influence on their children. Abusive parents may make the children paranoid or afraid to commit to a relationship.
For parents, having children can change everything – their patterns change so they can take care of the child, or they may take a job they would rather not do just to be with their children.
The involvement of caretakers in a characters life when they were children is what shapes them. Was their father an alcoholic? Did their mother spend all of the inheritance money on clothes? Who took care of them – a parent, a hired hand or another member in the family?
Download the PDF here: Story Components – Like Parent Like Child
A story is only as good as its characters. The characters drive the plot, explore the scenery, and interact with the readers. A good writer creates multi-dimensional characters who aren’t weighed down by cliches or the “evil twin” beard.
Some writers swear by the profiling method of creating their characters, while others condemn it religiously. Word ninjas are more in-between on the issue. Profiles have their place, but more as a reference point while writing, rather than a starting point or holy grail.
Use the below to either create a new characters, or keep track of a current character.
Download the PDF here: Story Components – Character Profiling