Free Downloadable Tools

Tools to make your process a wee bit easier

Use the tools below to help you with your story planning and also, when you are ready to submit, with formatting your manuscript properly. I’ll be adding more tools as I come up with them so check back!

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Tools for Picture Book Writers

Planning Your Narrative Picture Book
Planning Your Non-Narrative Picture Book

Planning Your “Hybrid” Picture Book

Storyboard Layout Examples

Picture Book Storyboard Template

Picture Book Manuscript Formatting

Monster’s Publication Timeline

Tools for Middle Grade/Young Adult Novelists

Plotting Your Novel – 4 Points

Character Development Chart
Character Development Questions

Manuscript Formatting 

Are You a Plotter?

I used to believe planning out my novel would stifle my creativity so I never did it. And it takes me years to complete a book. That’s not the case for other writers. Some of them write and revise as they go and the end result is just what they want. I discover too much along the way and find any revision I did early on is often wasted. So…now I am in love with planning ahead and plotting. Some of you may know I’m a huge fan of Michael Hauge’s 6-point structure. Along with other resources, his structure helped me tremendously. If you want a wonderful overview, check out the video to the right!

Tools for Both

Manuscript Formatting

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