This is where you can find a growing list of free resources I have put together. Feel free to use these or adapt these, but I would ask that you not take them and resell them. If you find these helpful, let me know. I’m always interested in new ideas for resources!
I scoured the interwebs looking for a planner designed especially for freelancer writers and authors and couldn’t find anything, so I created my own. This is a minimalist planner, so it’s NOT an inspirational journal/agenda/daytimer/etc. This will help you organize your month by weeks and daily blocks of time. Simple. I’m a pantser so planning isn’t something that I get enthusiastic about, but I do see how it’s essential, so this is my minimalist freelance planner.
I struggle to plot out my novels because, as a pantser, if I spend a lot of time plotting I feel like the story’s already written — so why bother. I’m also a visual learner and if I can make a chart or diagram things are just easier to sort out. Everyone learns differently. That’s just how I my mind works.
This is a plotting guide I developed from a few different sources, primarily the Writers Helping Writers site and James Scott Bell’s excellent book Writing From The Middle (not affiliate link). The Visual Learner’s Planning Sheet breaks a story into 6 stages in the 3 act structure. At each stage, there’s a percentage point at approximately how far into a story that major story element should happen. This is colour coded, so the orange boxes represent major story points, but the blue boxes help you go between the orange boxes to avoid that sagging middle problem. Happy plotting!
*Note: There are two pages in this pdf. One is the guide (seen below) and the second page is a blank version so you can write in your own story points.