If you are passionate about writing, why not try your hand at writing a novel? Novel writing can be a great outlet to express your creativity. Whether you’re interested in writing a romance, adventure, sci-fi, crime, horror, fantasy, western or inspirational novel, you’ll need some help along the way to complete your first draft. These exclusive worksheets from The Nighttime Novelist can aid in finding your voice in writing, figuring out the best point of view for your story, creating your novel’s setting, and writing dialogue.
Find Your Writing Voice
Aspiring writers often struggle to find their voice in writing. If this is something you’re trying to find within your own writing, download the Finding Your Voice worksheet today and complete a set of five writing prompts. By the end of this worksheet, you’ll be one step closer to discovering your unique voice.
Create Your Novel’s Setting
Setting is an aspect of your fictional world that saturates the story with mood, meaning, and thematic connotations. Broadly defined, setting is the location of the plot, including the region, geography, climate, neighborhood, buildings, and interiors. Where will your story take place? Fill out the Creating a Setting worksheet and create your novel’s setting!
Who is your story’s protagonist and antagonist? What will they say and how will they communicate with each other? Writing good dialogue is one way to hook your readers, but a lot of writers struggle with it. When you download the Crafting Dialogue worksheet you’ll practice writing scenes and dialogue between two characters.
Point of View
There are many ways to tell your story. Therefore it’s important to choose the best way to narrate your story. Which character will tell your story? Will you choose first, second, or third person point of view? Download the POV & Voice worksheet and examine your novel’s point of view.
Major & Minor Settings
Think about the places your protagonist will find himself/herself the most and what thee places mean to him/her, how the character feels about, or in, those places, and how they reflect some part of him/her. Your major and minor settings should match up or help show your protagonist and his/her quest. Download the Major & Minor Settings worksheet and thank about the ways your major and minor settings can help reflect and reveal what you’ve already established with character and story.
More Resources for Writing a Novel
If you’re looking for a practical yet detailed guide to help you write a novel, buy a copy of The Nighttime Novelist by Joseph Bates or browse our selection of books, online webinars & other products specifically geared toward writing fiction novels. We also recommend reading this article on how to write a novel before you begin writing your novel.