Brainstorming Worksheets

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

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


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


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


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


Short Story Plotting Chart


Understanding Writers Guidelines
Non-fiction Article Planning Page

Lost At Sea Scavenger Hunt Winners

Posted by on Feb 21st, 2017 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 3 comments

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in the Lost At Sea Scavenger Hunt this past weekend. It was a lot of fun! Here are the winners for the main prizes, the bonus quiz, and the prize on Stop #1. Look for winners of individual author contests on each site, which you can find here.   First Prize (Kindle Fire, or $50 Amazon Gift Card,...

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Lost At Sea Scavenger Hunt FINAL STOP #19 and Contest Entry Form

Posted by on Feb 17th, 2017 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 38 comments

  All finished? If you’re done with all 19 stops, enter the prophecy that leads Wilek, Trevn, and the kinsman fleet to Er’Rets in the Rafflecopter form below. You can either enter your email or log in with Facebook on the form. A box will appear for you to type in the sentence you created by putting all the clue words together in...

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Lost At Sea Scavenger Hunt Stop #1

Posted by on Feb 16th, 2017 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 213 comments

Welcome to the Lost At Sea Scavenger Hunt! You’ve found Stop #1! To celebrate the release of King’s Blood, I am taking my characters through a land of lands in search of a place they can call home. I hope you’ll have fun as you follow their journey. Start on this post and read through each blog post on the hunt. There are 19...

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The Lost At Sea Scavenger Hunt Starts Tomorrow!

Posted by on Feb 16th, 2017 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 0 comments

Are you ready for an adventure?     What? Tomorrow, the Lost At Sea Scavenger Hunt goes live. You will start on my blog and follow the map through eighteen different storyworlds as you help the characters from my new release King’s Blood find a new home. There will be lots of talk about books and lots of chances to win books and...

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Tinker is free on Kindle through Saturday

Posted by on Feb 15th, 2017 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 0 comments

If you have some young readers in your life, gift them a Kindle copy of Tinker. It’s free until Saturday, 2-18-17. (Non USA countries, see the bottom of this post for links.)     Tinker is the first RoboTales book, a science fiction fairytale series for kids ages 7 – 13 or in grades 2nd – 8th. Praise for Tinker… “I...

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Join Me–and Rocket and Broom–at Realm Makers 2017 in Reno, NV

Posted by on Feb 13th, 2017 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 0 comments

If you’ve been thinking about attending a writer’s conference, Realm Makers 2017 is going to be a great one. Speakers include Ted Dekker, David Farland, Robert Liparulo, James Rubart, Mary Weber, and more. I have the privilege of teaching the teen track, which I’m calling Guardians of Good Writing.  We are going to learn a lot,...

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An Online Scavenger Hunt Is Coming . . .

Posted by on Feb 1st, 2017 in Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen | 23 comments

  I usually host a Facebook party to celebrate the release of a new book. While those are always fun, this time I wanted to try something different for the release of King’s Blood (Kinsman Chronicles, book 2). I’ve participated in several online scavenger hunts and thought it might be neat to do one as a release party. So, mark...

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King’s Blood Release Day and an EPIC SALE

Posted by on Jan 31st, 2017 in Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen | 6 comments

KING’S BLOOD Believe it or not, today is the official release day for King’s Blood, book two in the Kinsman Chronicles. My editor sent me a note to say that this is the longest fiction book on record ever published at Bethany House. If the genre were romance, that might be scary, but this is epic fantasy, so I am wearing this news...

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Broken Trust has Released! (Mission League, book 3)

Posted by on Oct 21st, 2016 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 11 comments

  It’s finally here. Broken Trust, the third full-length book in the Mission League series has arrived. This book starts where Ambushed left off. Spencer is finishing up his junior year and training for his Outdoor Survival Training mission to Alaska.   Broken Trust Author: Jill Williamson Series: The Mission League, Book 3 Genre:...

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Mardok and the Seven Exiles has been released

Posted by on Sep 26th, 2016 in Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen | 0 comments

Strange things are happening at the Space Force Military Academy. General Gruss believes the Ice Beast is responsible and asks cadet Riv Mardok to hunt down the menace. Mardok, always eager to “protect the helpless,” accepts the quest, but when he finds himself trapped, alone in the forest, his bravery isn’t enough to save him. Mardok has no choice but to call for help. The question is: will anyone answer?

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