Starting Writing Your Own Novel! + FREE Step-By-Step Printable Workbook

If you’ve ever wanted to write a novel but didn’t know how or felt overwhelmed, this is the perfect blog post for you!

Growing up, I read many books but never ever did the thought of writing a novel one day cross my mind.

It started with a dream.

I had a dream one night and woke up pretty impressed by it. It was an analogy of our lives as we blindly toil on earth chasing different things when we don’t realize there is something more afterwards. I saw how this could potentially become a fantasy or sci-fi story and eventually decided to turn it into a novel!

It wasn’t as easy as I thought.

I never thought writing a novel would be easy but I also didn’t understand how difficult it would be. After doing some planning and writing 11 chapters of my first draft, I realized I needed to do a re-work of the entire thing. 

Here are some problems I had:

  • Too many plot holes
  • Characters not deep enough – not enough backstory
  • Premise too simple, not believable

A solution.

I looked online for a good workbook that I can work with to re-work my story from the foundations and although I came across the Save The Cat! beat sheets, I couldn’t find something exactly for me. For this reason, I decided to create my own workbook.

What does this workbook do?

  • Takes you through the beginning stages of planning a novel
  • Figure out the point of view you’ll be writing in
  • Figure out genre and rough length
  • Develop conflict
  • Develop setting & world
  • Develop characters (main character, antagonist, supporting characters)
  • Planning and writing scenes
  • Scene plotting using Save The Cat! beat sheets

What are you waiting for? Download the free workbook below and start plotting your future best-seller! 

Time to get writing!

If you found this helpful, I’d love it if you let me know. Tag me in your pictures on Twitter or Instagram and I’d love to give you a shoutout!

How do you feel about starting a novel or how did you feel when you started your novel? What other resources have you used to plan your novel? Let me know in the comments below.

Published by Andrea's Book Corner

Lover of books, book reviewer, book blogger & YA fantasy author in progress! WIP: Project Arenegedden

14 thoughts on “Starting Writing Your Own Novel! + FREE Step-By-Step Printable Workbook

  1. This is an amazing printable! I haven’t begun any writing projects – yet. I have plans to in the future and I’m sure I’ll be desperate for all the help I can get! It’s hard to translate an idea into a story sometimes. I can definitely imagine myself coming back to this once I begin 🙂


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