Checklist before starting next novel:

POV Character?  Check
Sidekick?  Check
Villain? Check
Quirky secondary characters? Check
Plot outline?  Check
Story Beat Sheet? Check
Voice?  Check
Premise?  Check
Stakes?  Check

Hmm.  What else am I missing?

Written by : thunderchikin

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  1. mandywriter July 30, 2007 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Conflict? Or is that part of characters/ plot?

  2. thunderchikin July 30, 2007 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    It’s in the beat sheet, but it deserves it’s own slot.

    Conflict? check.

  3. kellyrfineman July 30, 2007 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    Coffee/tea/beverage of choice and writing implements seem to be all that you’re missing from that list.

  4. jbknowles July 30, 2007 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    If it were me?

    A cup of tea and plenty of chocolate.

    Have fun!


  5. dlgarfinkle July 30, 2007 at 3:17 pm - Reply


    What’s a story beat sheet? How does it differ from an outline?

  6. laurenem6 July 30, 2007 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    Yes, what is it?

    And PS, how do you set up your character maps (if you do them). I’m asking because I’m about to start a more character driven than plot driven novel and I’ve never done it before.

  7. thunderchikin July 30, 2007 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    Setting? sort of check. Its not integrated enough in the plot

    A beat sheet is something I borrowed from writing screenplays and David Lubar. It lists all of the scenes in detail, including characters, setting, motivations, stakes, dramatic questions, and outcomes.

  8. dumpyrain August 20, 2007 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    I’m not even slightly worried about anything you write. It will be perfect.

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