Novel Plotting Worksheets

There are dozens, possibly hundreds of articles on novel plotting on the web. There are a few plotting worksheets, with spaces and questions for you to fill in your own work – some of them are good. But I couldn’t find what I wanted, so I decided to make it and share it with you all.

The “Plotting Worksheet” is for writers who have scattered ideas (maybe a conflict + its resolution) that need to be worked into a basic plot structure. It is 1 page, bare bones, easy to view at a glance.

Plotting Worksheet

The “Plotting Worksheet with Prompts” is the same thing with questions to prompt your answers, in case some of the steps confuse you or you are familiar with different terminology, etc. It is two pages, and gives you more to chew on as you plot.

Plotting Worksheet with Prompts

Note: if you are in the early stages, it might be easiest to fill in this worksheet out of order. For instance, you might only know your inciting incident and your climax. But from climax, you can work backwards to deduce your darkest hour, etc.

I hope this helps. Of course, every story is different, and there truly are no rules to plotting. This isn’t meant to be “the right way” to do it – just a good place to get started. Tweak as desired. You can work out your sub-plots using the same worksheet. And don’t forget to flesh-out your characters with the Characters Chart Template.

Happy plotting!

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  • http://twitter.com/LouiseRoseInnes Louise Rose-Innes

    Thanks for the useful plotting worksheet. Plan to use it for my next one which I’m battling wrt conflict! Louise

    • http://www.AnnieNeugebauer.com Annie Neugebauer

      You’re welcome Louise! I hope it helps. =)

  • Meghan Schuessler

    Great plot worksheets, thanks! :)

  • http://www.ispyanimals.com I Spy Animals

    Thanks…that’s just what I needed!

  • Anonymous

    Hey,

    just wanted to say thank you! I came over here through a link on Roni Loren’s blog last week, and I downloaded your worksheets and just let them sit on my desktop without even looking at them. This morning I opened them and the timing was just perfect – this is exactly what I need after fighting a messy, chaotic battle with an old story idea yesterday, trying to force it to make sense. I got somewhere in the end, but it’s still messy. This will really, really help to organize my thoughts. So: thank you! :)

    • http://www.AnnieNeugebauer.com Annie Neugebauer

      You’re so welcome! And thank you for letting me know — all of you guys! I’m so happy that so many of you are finding these worksheets helpful. And thanks for sharing them with your writing friends, too! You guys rock. =)

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  • http://twitter.com/EFSlattery E F Slattery

    These are great! Super helpful. :) Thank you for sharing them!

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  • Von

    Oh my gosh, thank you so much for sharing these!!! I mentor beginning writers and these will be VERY helpful. You are awesome for making them available. :)

    • http://www.AnnieNeugebauer.com Annie Neugebauer

      Thanks Von! I hope they help!

  • Aaronjsayers

    That’s great! Thanks very much!

  • Nikzoo

    This is perfect! I won’t admit how often (or long) I have searched for something like this to give me the boost I needed to get my scribbles and ideas still in my head in an organized form. Thanks so much!!

    • http://www.AnnieNeugebauer.com Annie Neugebauer

      Wonderful! So glad to hear it helped!

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  • Henry Thomas

    Thanks for the plotting sheet ive been looking for one for ages to start a novel :D

    • http://www.AnnieNeugebauer.com Annie Neugebauer

      You’re welcome! Good luck!

  • Monkey

    Thank you so much this is amazing information.

    • http://www.AnnieNeugebauer.com Annie Neugebauer

      My pleasure!

  • Anne O’Connell

    Hi Annie,
    Thank you for sharing these templates. I’m such a ‘pantser’ but have realized that unless I’m sitting down all day, every day writing my novel from start to finish, I can’t possibly remember which plot points I’ve covered and which ones I haven’t without some type of tracking mechanism! I don’t like to be too formulaic as I prefer to let the ideas flow naturally, however, when the flow of ideas comes out chaotically (because that’s just how my mind works) I need to have a better method of capturing and tracking them without losing the momentum (not to mention the plot). This will work beautifully for me!

    Thanks,
    Anne

    • http://www.AnnieNeugebauer.com Annie Neugebauer

      That’s wonderful! So glad they’ll be helpful to you, and thanks for stopping by.

  • Aowyn

    Amazing thanks so much from a first time writer.

  • Kinsey

    wow! this helps so much! im planning on really getting into writing and this helps very well! thank you

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  • Lord Horn

    But I want to marry you. :)

    • http://www.AnnieNeugebauer.com Annie Neugebauer

      Taken, sorry! :)~

  • Alexander

    Really eager to try these except when I click it, they are downloaded onto my computer, and so I went to go open them, and it’s gibberish? I.. I don’t know what to do :(

    • http://www.AnnieNeugebauer.com Annie Neugebauer

      Alexander, I’m so sorry! I’m really not sure why that’s happening. I’ve just had a couple of people test it, and they didn’t have that problem. It is a Word document, so all I know to suggest is make sure you’re opening it with Word and not Notepad or any other program. If you still can’t get it, please let me know and I will either add a PDF version or email it to you personally.

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  • Michelle

    Thanks for the worksheets! These will be really useful :)

    • http://www.AnnieNeugebauer.com Annie Neugebauer

      You’re very welcome! Good luck. :)

  • Yvette Willison Rock

    this is exactly what I needed. thank you for an incredible, valuable resource!

    • http://www.AnnieNeugebauer.com Annie Neugebauer

      My pleasure!

  • Kathleen Ann Anderson

    This is great Annie. This time around I decided
    to outline. I’ve been doing that, but then I came across this outline and see
    that it’s setup superbly. Thanks. P.S. I’m hoping you have paypal. That’s the only thing I use online.

    • http://www.AnnieNeugebauer.com Annie Neugebauer

      I’m so happy to hear that! I do indeed use Paypal, and I see that you found it. Thank you very much, and happy writing!