You're seriously in love with stories.
But are you ready to get serious about completing your own?
Do you feel stretched thin and disorganized? Would you describe your writing life as scattered or in-the-margins? Do you want to finish writing your novel but find yourself completely directionless?
Stop settling for less than amazing!
You have a passion for story-telling, you're brave enough to put pen to paper, and you've begun the marathon of the mind that is writing a novel. That makes you incredible!
If you answered "yes" to any of the questions above, it's time to get organized and structure your writing life. After all, doesn't your story deserve some serious love? Let's make that happen!
Over the past several months, I've had an incredible time putting together The Novel Planner, a daily planner for authors. It's a physical planner that will help you craft goals for your writing (and all of the other parts of your life) that you can then break down into actionable steps to be completed throughout the year!
Use your planner on your own time.
The Novel Planner is a 12-month planner with monthly and weekly calendars. Dates have been left blank so that you can begin using your planner in any month.
The Novel Planner comes in the classic planner size of 8.5 by 11 inches. It's 180 pages long, printed on high-quality paper by Amazon's CreateSpace.
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The Novel Planner is printed and shipped directly to you by Amazon's CreateSpace, so you know that you're purchasing from a company well-versed in top-notch quality and service.
Let's break down the features, eh?
You can't begin planning your year without first settling into your story. The Novel Project Reference Guide allows you to sketch out two current projects. Here's what you can look forward to:
- Set an estimated word count for your novel's final draft.
- Write up a quick summary and create an outline.
- Identify your novel's protagonist, antagonist, and secondary characters.
- List your novel's setting, theme, and motif details.
- Create up to six mini character sketches, including details about each character's appearance, personality, backstory, and story arc.
- Map out goals for your novel project, set deadlines, and record how you'll reward yourself once you get the job done.
- Work out a mini project marketing strategy so that you can promote your novel like a boss, both before and after it's published.
Once you have mapped out your novel project and established goals for its completion, you can begin planning your novel year. Here is some of what you'll find in the monthly and weekly calendars:
- Identify a monthly and weekly focus.
- Set monthly and weekly tasks.
- Celebrate monthly and weekly accomplishments.
- Track your weekly word count.
- Create weekly personal, work, and project to-do lists.
- Be inspired by quotes from famous authors and writers.
We're not done yet! Check out what you'll find in the Brainstorming and Resources section of The Novel Planner:
- Write down all of your crazy story ideas, including details about genre, setting, characters, and plot.
- Keep track of novels, craft books, and research tomes you'd like to read in your new To-Be-Read List.
- Work out your lengthier musings in four pages of free sketch space.
Let's plan a novel year!
Like what you've seen in this overview of The Novel Planner? Are you ready to get serious about completing your book? If you have any questions about The Novel Planner, please feel free to leave them in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you!
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Kristen Kieffer is a writer of fantasy fiction and the creative writing coach behind She's Novel. She's made it her mission to help aspiring authors write sensational novels because obliterating expectations is her jam. Her other passions? Coffee and Tolkien, of course!