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Taking on a creative work can be daunting. Whether you are gearing up for NaNoWriMo or looking for year-round support, these resources will help you work through the writing process for endeavors such as novels, novellas, and short stories. Specifically, these documents are useful for brainstorming, drafting, and organizing ideas for premise, plot, point of view, characters, worldbuilding, and dialogue. You will also learn scene blocking techniques and tips for finishing and revising your first draft.
Materials designed by Autumn Frederick and Heesun Yoon
This worksheet introduces you to premise, provides a breakdown of premise components, and helps you draft your own premise
This worksheet reviews two types of story structure: the Three Act Structure and Freytag’s Pyramid. Space is provided to help you map your story out in both structures to decide which best fits your writing style
This worksheet discusses five points of view found in creative writing, notes tips for helping writers select a point of view, provides resources for writing and reading for diversity, lists questions to consider for character creation, and provides fillable character profiles
This worksheet provides planning resources, an overview and list of decisions, and activity for delving into worldbuildingThis handout breaks down tips for improving your descriptive writing and provides examples and explanations for each suggestion
This brief handout provides an explanation of what dialogue is and how it is formatted and provides space for practice
This brief worksheet defines scene blocking and provides an activity for practice
This brief handout lists good habits for finishing your project and outlines tips and resources to aid you in revising your first draft
Use these handouts and resources to understand the difference between quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing as well as when to use each technique.
Materials designed by Christopher Basgier, Katharine Brown, Amy Cicchino, and Megan Haskins
This worksheet will help you practice paraphrasing
This worksheet will help you write an annotation for a source for an annotated bibliography
This worksheet introduces you to the Chicago Style standard of writing and helps you practice paraphrasing and summarizing in Chicago
This worksheet gets writers considering how to paraphrase and summarize a source
This activity asks you to consider whether or not something is plagiarized
This handout provides an easy reference list of common transitional words and phrases