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

A Reader’s map of Achan’s and Averella’s journeys through Er’Rets

Posted by on Jan 15th, 2018 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 3 comments

I am tickled when I receive artwork inspired by my books. It’s so touching. Well, I’ve decided to start sharing them with you all more often. I figure, why should I get to be the only one to see it? Here is a map of Er’Rets drawn by Noah for his 8th grade English assignment. I love the arrows and paths he added as to...

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Trevn’s Map of Er’Rets

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

It has come to my attention that I never posted Trevn’s map of Er’Rets on my website for all to see. It was part of The Reluctant King ebook, so I must have been thinking of that ebook when I thought I’d already shared it with the world. So, without further excuses, here is THE MAP from King’s War, book three in the...

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My 2017 Christy Awards and Art of Writing Conference Report

Posted by on Nov 21st, 2017 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 6 comments

My 2017 Christy Awards and Art of Writing Conference Report

When I heard that King’s Folly had finaled for this year’s Christy Awards, I was tickled pink. But I was totally not going Nashville. Gut-honest confession time: I really don’t like award ceremonies. Don’t get me wrong. This isn’t about whether or not I’ll win. It is a huge honor to be nominated, but as a total...

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What Are Storyworld Shorts?

Posted by on Oct 2nd, 2017 in A weekly story blog, Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen, Podcasts | 0 comments

What Are Storyworld Shorts?

I started a new website. You might have seen my countdown to October 4, 2017. Well, this is what I’ve been working so hard on. I created a writing website primarily to host my YouTube videos and podcast versions of those videos to make it easier for listeners to find them. What are Storyworld Shorts? They are short writing videos or...

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The “I’m Going to Nashville” Book Sale

Posted by on Sep 26th, 2017 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 2 comments

The “I’m Going to Nashville” Book Sale

Last week I found out that King’s Folly is a finalist for the 2017 Christy Awards. Yay! I’m so excited and honored.  😀 In past years, the awards banquet was held during the International Christian Retail Show, but the Christy Award is now run by the The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA), so this year’s event is...

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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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