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Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure Workbook: A Companion Book to Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure (Foundations of Fiction) Paperback – May 16, 2016
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Janice Hardy is the award-winning author of the teen fantasy trilogy The Healing Wars, including The Shifter, Blue Fire, and Darkfall from Balzer+Bray/Harper Collins. The Shifter, was chosen for the 2014 list of "Ten Books All Young Georgians Should Read" from the Georgia Center for the Book. It was also shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize (2011), and The Truman Award (2011). She's the founder of Fiction University, a site dedicated to helping writers improve their craft. Her popular Foundations of Fiction series includes Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure, a self-guided workshop for planning or revising a novel, the companion Planning Your Novel Workbook, Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft, and the upcoming Understanding Show, Don't Tell (And Really Getting It). She lives in Central Florida with her husband, one yard zombie, two cats, and a very nervous freshwater eel. For more information, please visit her at her writing site, Fiction-University.com, or www.JaniceHardy.com.
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The author advises that this is not intended as an instructional book, but as a companion to the e-book. I was highly impressed with the e-book's in-depth coverage of the planning phase of the writing process. Since the workbook is in synch with the e-book, it's easy to refer back (or work with them side-by-side).
Each workshop (chapter) starts with a VERY brief (less than a page) introduction to the concept. Occasionally there are what I would call terminology clarifications for an exercise, also very brief, and there's a handy glossary at the end of the book.
Each workshop (10) has multiple exercises that ask for summary answers to the big planning questions (POV, Character Arcs, Setting, Theme, Goals, Conflicts, etc.). Preceding each exercise are "brainstorming questions" to assist in developing your summary answers, and there are example answers for each exercise that follow the same three stories (three different genres) throughout,
Workshops One through Seven walk you smoothly through the planning process and prepare you for the last three (and my favorites): Turning your idea into a Summary Line, which you turn into a Summary Blurb, which you turn into a Synopsis. Then, as Ms Hardy says, it's "Time To Write" (and you'll be ready!).
I highly recommend the e-book, the workbook, and Ms Hardy's exceptional blog, Fiction University.