Before the First Line (workbook)
How to start a novel without fear of abandoning it halfway through
Imagine starting to write a story, and after the first few chapters, your steam fades. Other ideas pop up, and you are more excited about them than the story you are writing.
So you start to doubt. What if this story I’m writing is a waste of time? What if I never finish it? Should I drop it now and go after a new idea?
And this is when you actually start to write. Not knowing whether you’ll finish a project might be the very reason you never start.
But what if I told you that you don’t need to take up a project blindly?
What if I told you you might indeed know with reasonable certainty that a story has everything it takes to get finished before you even start writing it?
How to start a novel having a good grasp of all these details?
Stories have their strengths and their flaws. We often start writing without thinking about it. But if we take a hard look at it before starting to work on our project, we might save ourselves a lot of false starts and finish almost all the stories we start writing.
This workbook helps you do just that. Here, you’ll find sections that will help you focus on the few elements you absolutely need to pin down and build a story that has everything it takes to get finished.
From the potentials of the initial idea, to the basic story structure, to the cast of characters. This is what makes a story workable, and if you pin this down at the beginning, there’s no reason why it won’t carry you to the end (well, there may be a reason, but that depends entirely on you).
The workbook is complete with a short guide that will help you make the most out of the templates included.
10 pages of introduction
1 page character ID
3 pages background
1 page personality traits
2 pages character’s timeline
2 page character’s motives
2 pages Character Arc
AVAILABLE FORMATS: A4, A5, US Letter
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HOW TO USE IT
This workbook can be instantly downloaded then imported into your favourite note-taking app (like Goodnotes or Notability), where you’ll be able to write on it with an apple pencil or a stylus as on a paper workbook. Some PDF programs also allow doing the same thing.