How to plot your fantasy novel (free template).

If you’re writing an epic fantasy novel, to publish one day or to upload on a story-sharing site like Wattpad, you’ll probably start with a million great ideas, write the first chapter in a burst of creative energy… and then get stuck.

Without a structure or a plot, it’s easy to get lost and not know how to get your hero from the beginning to your epic climactic ending. You know, that happy ending that you’re already imagining for your new characters.

Luckily for you, I’ve created a free template that you can use to easily plot out your fantasy story. It’s designed for fantasy writers in mind, but you can adapt it as you want.

What is a story plot?

A story “plot” is all of the events that happen in a story. Every event relates to each other in a sequence. How you relate your events of the novel depends on how you plan to structure your novel, but the important thing is that events happen because of the previous events. That’s what makes it a story, and not just a random sequence of events.

Do you need a plot for a fantasy novel?

When you come up with your fantasy ideas, you might not be as concerned about plot. You might have characters and magic systems and dragons and witches bubbling in your brain that are itching to get out onto the page, and you just want to write! But if you don’t have an idea of where you’re going, you’ll probably get stuck. Plus, if you’re publishing your story on a site like Wattpad, your readers will get bored if they think the story isn’t going anywhere!

How to plot a fantasy story

There are so many different ways to outline your story, and many different types of story structure that you can use. Much smarter people than me have developed ways to plot out a novel, including the Three Act Structure, the Snowflake method, Freitag’s pyramid, Dan Harmon’s Story Circle, the Fichtean curve.

When I’m starting a new story, I use a combination of these plot structures to create a spreadsheet of my plot, with chapter outlines for each character. I’ve made this into a template that you can use to plot your own fantasy novel.

How to use the story outline template

You need to have an idea of what the story is that you’re telling, and where you want it to go. Then you can fill out the rest with interesting characters, plot twists, and exciting events. Firstly, click on this link to download the template, and then open it. You can open it either in Google Docs or you can download it to save a copy as an Excel spreadsheet.

Note: In Google Docs you’ll need to save a copy to your Google Drive so that you can edit it.

Next, you can see how I’ve started filling out the plot for my story, Starrlings. Use this as a guide to see how you can start plotting.

Along the left, in the first two columns, I’ve put the chapter number and what should happen in the chapter. You can stick strictly to this formula, or you can change it to suit your story. I’ve started with 25 chapters, but of course you can have many more chapters than that!

I hope this template is really useful for you. If you have any questions about it, you can ask in the comments section below, and I’ll answer them!

DOWNLOAD THE TEMPLATE

Launching Patreon for my fantasy books.

I may have a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing, but a lot of what I’ve learned about writing I can credit to Wattpad. I’ve been writing since I was a kid, and I’ve always been serious about it. I don’t remember a time that I haven’t wanted to be a writer. I wrote my first novel-length book when I was about fifteen, and I wrote another one when I was sixteen. When I was seventeen I started a degree in Arts, majoring in Creative Writing, and I wrote another book. That one was workshopped to death in my writing classes and it turned into something I’m really proud of. It was also the first book I ever posted on Wattpad.

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How to plot your novel (free template).

If you’re writing a story for Wattpad, or a novel you want to publish one day, you might start by writing chapter one and two, and then… you might get stuck.

Without a structure or a plot, it’s easy to get lost and not know how to get to your ending. You know, that happy ending that you’re already imagining for your new characters.

Luckily for you, I’ve created a free template that you can use to easily plot out your story.

What is a story plot?

A story “plot” is all of the events that happen in a story. Every event relates to each other in a sequence. How you relate your events of the novel depends on how you plan to structure your novel, but the important thing is that events happen because of the previous events. That’s what makes it a story, and not just a random sequence of events.

Does a Wattpad story need a plot?

When you start writing on Wattpad, you might not be as concerned about plot. You might have characters bubbling in your brain that are itching to get out onto the page, and you just want to write! But if you don’t have an idea of where you’re going, you’ll probably get stuck. Plus, your readers will get bored if they think the story isn’t going anywhere!

How to plot a Wattpad story

There are so many different ways to outline your story, and many different types of story structure that you can use. Much smarter people than me have developed ways to plot out a novel, including the Three Act Structure, the Snowflake method, Freitag’s pyramid, Dan Harmon’s Story Circle, the Fichtean curve.

When I’m starting a new story, I use a combination of these plot structures to create a spreadsheet of my plot, with chapter outlines for each character. I’ve made this into a template that you can use to plot your own Wattpad novel.

How to use the story outline template

You need to have an idea of what the story is that you’re telling, and where you want it to go. Then you can fill out the rest with interesting characters, plot twists, and exciting events. Firstly, click on this link to download the template, and then open it. You can open it either in Google Docs or you can download it to save a copy as an Excel spreadsheet. In Google Docs you’ll need to save a copy to your Google Drive so that you can edit it.

Next, you can see how I’ve started filling out the plot for my story, Brew Books. Use this as a guide to see how you can start plotting.

Along the left, in the first two columns, I’ve put the chapter number and what should happen in the chapter. You can stick strictly to this formula, or you can change it to suit your story. I’ve started with 25 chapters, but of course you can have many more chapters than that!

I hope this template is really useful for you. If you have any questions about it, you can ask in the comments section below, and I’ll answer them!

DOWNLOAD THE TEMPLATE

How to edit your novel using Fictionary.

When I finished writing my novel, Brew Books, I knew there was a HUGE task of editing in front of me. Honestly, where do you even start? When you’re staring at that big, messy manuscript, I bet you’re wondering, how do you possibly edit a novel? Are there any secret tips and tricks for editing your manuscript?

Editing a novel is definitely a big job, but let’s remember, you’ve already written it, so you’ve already done an amazing thing! So now that you’re ready to edit, I’ll let you in on the secret of how I edited my novel, using a tool called Fictionary.

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How I got picked up by Wattpad.

Most people know I’ve always wanted to be an author, for as long as I can remember. I’ve written stories my whole life and it’s always been my dream to make a living from the words I write. But making money from writing is a gruelling business. So while I’m still working towards the goal of traditional publishing (paperbacks printed by a big publishing house), I’m also exploring ways to make money online writing, and how to make money writing on Wattpad.

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Looking back at 2017.

Well, that’s it then. 2017 is done and dusted, as of today. In fact, in Australia (and, okay, New Zealand first) it’s already well into the new year. Here in Berlin, the fresh new start we’ve all been waiting for is a matter of hours away. And I think it’s important to take stock of the good memories of your year, to remember how far you’ve come. So here’s what I’ve achieved in 2017, and some New Year resolutions.

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How to create a NaNoWriMo plot.

How is it November, already? I know it really doesn’t need to be said, but where is this year going? Wasn’t it just Spring five seconds ago? But the temperature is dropping, the trees are brilliant shades of gold and bronze, and Stranger Things is back on Netflix. And with November comes NaNoWriMo, the event writers are looking forward to and dreading in equal measure all year. But it doesn’t have to be so scary. I’ve put together a novel outline template for you to help plan your novel.

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Read Reprise.

So I write this blog for fun, but the main thing I love to write is young adult fiction. My completed novel, Reprise, follows 16-year-old Emily in her final year of high school, when she discovers the reality of her father’s 80s band.Continue reading “Read Reprise.”

Reprise – my first novel.

A few years ago I first started publishing my novel, Reprise, on Wattpad, while I was writing it. I found the whole process of publishing while writing so encouraging – people were reading my book at the same time I was writing it, giving encouragement, and begging me to continue! It led me to finishing the novel, and I’m so happy I did! Since uploading the original book I have done some major edits, so I’ve now uploaded the new and improved version of Reprise to Wattpad. If you want to read my novel (completely for free) you can!