Useful Writing Tools

Story Empire

Hey, SE Readers. Joan with you today. You’ve probably heard the terms planner, plotter, and panster. Some writers must have a detailed outline before writing the first word of a novel. Others write by the seat of their pants and let the story (or characters) determine what happens.

I’m somewhere between. When I begin a novel, I have a general idea of where I want it to go. I name my characters, know the inciting event that propels the lead character into action, and how I want the book to end.

Pansting has its problems. Among them are under-developed characters and flat settings (white room syndrome). Believe me, I’ve struggled with both.

To remedy the problem, I searched for various character sketches and settings tools. Some were too sketchy (pun intended), others too detailed. After being ready to give up, what did I do? Made my own. I took ideas…

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