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

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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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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