Free Novel Writing Worksheets (PDF)

If you don't fancy reading the intro, scroll straight down to access the printable PDF book writing worksheets.

The cornerstone of the Novel Factory software for writers is to handle useful information that authors might be collating in order to help them write their novel. This could be relating to plot, characters, locations and more.

As well a offering a place to keep all that data, the Novel factory goes one step further and suggests to writers what kind of information they might want to be collecting, such as basic info, backstory or character development ideas for characters, or sensory details to do with locations - what can you see, smell, hear, taste and touch?

By far the best way to access these resources is in the software (which is available for Windows Desktop or Online - both of which are available to try completely free for 30 days) but due to popular demands we have translated some of these resources into downloadable, printable PDFs.

All of these novel writing worksheets are completely free to use, but please do not remove any of the attribution.

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 The Premise book writing worksheet - free printable download

The Premise

Make sure your novel has all the basic building blocks of a good story:

  • Character
  • Situation
  • Objective
  • Opponent
  • Disaster

Without these key elements, most novels are likely to fall flat.

Read more about the premise here.

Download the Premise PDF

Story Skeleton Free PDF Printable Download

The Skeleton (Plot Outline)

Follow a structure that has been echoing inside the human psyche since we started telling stories - beginning with setting the scene and ending with a climactic confrontation.

Read more about the skeleton here.

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Character Profile Free PDF Printable Download

Character Basics

Just a straightforward character sheet to help you keep track of key information relating to your characters.

(Much more detailed character development resources are available within the Novel Factory software - try it free to check them out)

Read more creating characters here

Download the Skeleton PDF

Short Synopsis Free PDF Printable Download

The Short Synopsis

Ensure you have a solid story by writng a single page synopsis of your entire story.

Read more about the short synopsis here

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Extended Synopsis Free PDF Printable Download

Extended Synopsis

Expand on your single page short synopsis and create a four page extended synopsis which includes all the major story beats. This overview helps to ensure your story makes sense and has pace.

Read more about the extended synopsis here

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Goal to Decision Cycle Free Printable PDF Worksheet

Goal to Decision Cycle

Understanding and implementing the Goal to Decision Cycle will help ensure your plot develops in a way that feels right to the reader, and draws them in in an instinctive way they won't even notice.

Read more about the Goal to Decision Cycle here

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Scene Overview Free Printable PDF

Scene Overview (head)

Head scenes are action scenes, where you character has a goal, over which the encounter conflict. And in many cases, their continued efforts will end in disaster...

Read more about Head Scenes here

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Scene Overview Tail Free Printable PDF

Scene Overview (tail)

Tail scenes are reaction scenes, where you character has a reaction to the turmoil they've just experienced. They will face a dillemma and must ultimately make a decision.

Read more about Tail Scenes here

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Five Key Story Elements Examples from Popular Fiction

Five Key Story Elements: Examples from Popular Fiction

This table gives examples of the five key story elements (see the Premise worksheet) from six popular works of fiction to help demonstrate how these elements manifest.

Read more about the five key story elements here.

Download the Five Key Story Elements  PDF



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