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

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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Safe Lands Trilogy ebook set on sale for $1.99 through 9/5

Posted by on Sep 2nd, 2016 in Jill Williamson's Blog, Novel Teen | 0 comments

Zondervan/Blink is running a deal on the Safe Lands ebook collection. You can get the entire trilogy for $1.99 on Kindle, iTunes, Nook, Kobo, GooglePlay, or CBD. If you haven’t read the series, haven’t finished it, or love it and want to tell a friend, now is your chance. Feel free to spread the word. The sale ends Monday, 9/5.

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THIRST Chapter Twenty-Four Is Up. It’s the end!

Posted by on Aug 10th, 2016 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 0 comments

In conjunction with the #WeWriteBooks series I’m writing over on the Go Teen Writers blog, I’m posting the chapters for THIRST on my website. Click here for the chapter archives. Will they make it to Dr. Bayles before Enforcers catch them? Click here to read Chapter Twenty-Four and find out what happens in the last chapter of THIRST!...

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THIRST: Chapter Twenty-Four. . . Will Eli and friends make it to Dr. Bayles before Enforcers catch them?

Posted by on Aug 10th, 2016 in A weekly story blog | 10 comments

What we were doing was insane. I knew that. But the alternative was to spend six months in rehab—likely longer now that we were about to bust into the Champion’s residence with guns.

A couple blocks away, Dad pulled off the road and around to the side of the pickup bed. “What’s the plan? We can’t exactly waltz into Champion House on a good day, and two guns isn’t going to be enough power to face off with all the Enforcers who work there.”

“If you drive around back, I can lure him out,” Hannah said.

“How?” I asked.

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THIRST Chapter Twenty-Three Is Up!

Posted by on Aug 2nd, 2016 in Jill Williamson's Blog | 0 comments

In conjunction with the #WeWriteBooks series I’m writing over on the Go Teen Writers blog, I’m posting the chapters for THIRST on my website. Click here for the chapter archives. Arrested again. What will happen to Eli now? Click here to read Chapter Twenty-Three and find...

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THIRST: Chapter Twenty-Three. . . Arrested again. What will happen to Eli now?

Posted by on Aug 2nd, 2016 in A weekly story blog | 8 comments

I had fasted before only a couple times in my life. The 30-Hour Famine was a favorite of my youth pastor. But going out food for a full week?

It sucked.

The week in rehab crawled by. Each day I desperately anticipated my small glass of water. Carelle Lawler’s obnoxious sessions didn’t help. When I was finally released, I felt like I could drink an entire lake and eat a herd of cattle.

I was released into the lobby of the rehab facility and bade to use a computer there to contact a ride. I sent everyone I knew a message on the Grid, and still it was another twenty minutes before Dad stopped the truck out front to pick me up. When he heard how Tracy had starved me, he nearly drove the truck to the Champion compound to give the man a piece of his mind.

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THIRST Chapter Twenty-Two Is Up!

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

In conjunction with the #WeWriteBooks series I’m writing over on the Go Teen Writers blog, I’m posting the chapters for THIRST on my website. Click here for the chapter archives. Plans for escape go awry? Click here to read Chapter Twenty-Two and find out what happens...

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