Brainstorming Worksheets

For you visual learners, here are some writing tools to help you brainstorm.

STORYWORLD BUILDING
Civilization Worksheet
Creature Worksheet
Magic Worksheet
Solar System Worksheet
Map of Er’Rets

 

CHARACTERS
Character Worksheet
Jill’s List of Character Archetypes
Character Hobbies and Skills Brainstorming List
Character Traits Brainstorming List
Character Phobias Brainstorming List

 

COMING UP WITH AN IDEA
Speculative Fiction Sub-Genres
Novel Brainstorming Chart

Examples of Premise- Combine Two Unrelated Things
Examples of Premise- The “What if?” Question
Examples of Characters (and their motivations)
Examples of Plot
Examples of Theme

 

BRAINSTORMING PLOT
Scene Plotting Chart- 1 POV
Scene Plotting Chart- 2 POVs
By Darkness Hid Scene Plotting Example

 

SHORT STORIES
Short Story Plotting Chart

 

ARTICLE HELPS
Understanding Writers Guidelines
Non-fiction Article Planning Page

There’s a Teen Track at This Year’s OCW Fall One-Day Conference in Portland, OR

Posted by on Sep 19th, 2017 in A weekly story blog, Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen | 0 comments

  I have been invited to teach two workshops for teens at the fall Oregon Christian Writers one-day conference in Portland on October 21. This will be a really neat opportunity for teens who love to write. We’re going to learn about how to create characters, plot a novel, and how the publishing industry works. The conference is...

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The 2017-2018 #MyBedsideTableTBRChallenge

Posted by on Sep 12th, 2017 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 0 comments

I have a book due in a week, so I’m constantly procrastinating. (Why I do this, I’ll never know.) Anyway… I cleaned my bedside table and commiserated over the 41 books, some of which are brand new, but some have been there for +/- five years. I thought, “Hey… I should try and read all these!” (I’ve had...

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Join My New Street Team

Posted by on Sep 12th, 2017 in #shinelight, Jill Williamson's Blog | 0 comments

I usually put together a new launch team each time I have a book coming out. Instead of doing that work over and over, I’ve decided to switch tactics and create a Street Team. What is a Street Team, you ask? Allow me to explain. My Street Team is an exclusive group specifically for readers who love my books and want to tell the world about...

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The Reluctant King Release Day and a FREE Preview to Read!

Posted by on Sep 5th, 2017 in #shinelight, Jill Williamson's Blog | 0 comments

For those of you reading the ebook parts of The Kinsman Chronicles, Part Seven, The Reluctant King, has now released! I am GIDDY to get this third book into your hands, faithful readers. I’ve been working on this trilogy for nearly four years now, and it’s going to be so fulfilling to finish strong. The Reluctant King is the first...

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Something Fabulous This Way Comes On 10-2-17

Posted by on Aug 29th, 2017 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 2 comments

I’m gearing up to launch something new in my world that I hope many of you will enjoy. It’s specifically for writers, so it won’t appeal to everyone. But if you readers have a writer in your life, they might find some value in my new endeavor. It’s just a little over a month away, and I can’t wait to share it! *jumps...

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Oregon Christian Writers 2017

Posted by on Aug 22nd, 2017 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 10 comments

Oregon Christian Writers 2017

Last week I got to attend, teach, mentor, and learn at the 2017 Oregon Christian Writers summer coaching conference. It was my last big writing conference of the year, and it was a wonderful time. The summer OCW conference takes place each year at the Red Lion Hotel on the River–Jantzen Beach, which isn’t far from where I live! My son...

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Some Fabulous Blood Of Kings Fan Art

Posted by on Aug 10th, 2017 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 2 comments

It’s been far too long since I posted any fan art. It is such a great compliment when I hear that one of my books inspired a reader to create art of their own. I get giddy just thinking about it. These two drawings came from Rebekah. Both were inspired by the Blood of Kings novels. First we have the cursed allown tree in Allowntown. And the...

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I Went To Realm Makers 2017

Posted by on Aug 1st, 2017 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 24 comments

I am the luckiest author alive. Why, you ask? Because I was asked to teach the teen track at this years Realm Makers conference. It was amazing. I had three, two-hour sessions with my class, plus a separate two hours in which we all got to play various video games and eat pizza. Here are a few pictures:           And that...

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King’s War Cover Reveal!

Posted by on Jul 12th, 2017 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 4 comments

I’m so excited to show you all the cover for King’s War (book three in The Kinsman Chronicles). The large cover is for the paperback version, which will include the three ebook parts: The Reluctant King, A Deliverer Comes, and Warriors of the Veil. Aren’t they beautiful? Green is one of my favorite colors. The ebook version of...

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The SoCal Christian Writer’s Conference Has Something For Everyone

Posted by on Jul 1st, 2017 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 0 comments

I had the privilege of attending the first ever SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference on the Biola University campus in La Mirada, California last weekend. I was invited to teach a major track on writing speculative fiction and to meet one-on-one to mentor authors. What a great time! I was so impressed with the authors who attended this...

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