So you have a novel you are writing or wanting to write. How’s it going? How far along are you? At what point did you say to yourself, “OMG, how the heck do I get this story out of my head and onto the page?”
For me, this usually happens around page ten of my manuscript. I often have a pretty clear idea on how the story starts and also how the story is going to end. It’s that large chunk, you know the middle, that stumps me every time. Well, I guess if I’m being honest, it is the 200 or so pages between those first ten and the last ten, so a bit more than the middle.
I am an organizer! I love calendars, planners, productivity tools, stationary in general. I’m that girl. So, naturally, when I have a problem like this I look to some sort of organization tool that can help. This is where printables have saved my writing life.
I have found that great printables have three magical powers to help me finish my work in progress.
1. They prompt you to think through big ideas in manageable chunks.
Have you ever been asked that question in a job interview, “As a manager, how would you handle a difficult employee?” And you start running through a thousand answers in your mind because “difficult” could mean any number of things. Are they showing up late to work? Do they have an attitude? Is it bigger than that, are they showing up to work intoxicated, or harassing other employees? The question is too broad to answer with clarity and we want to get clear when we are working on a writing project. So asking ourselves questions like, “what happens in this novel?” can yield such a variety of answers it doesn't help. Printables can narrow it right down for us. Typically, printables are designed with a very specific focus and ask prompting questions that get us thinking through those big ideas, like the entire plot, with focus. So, instead of asking “what’s the plot?” a great printable will ask something super specific like, “what happens to the protagonist that inspires them to take action?” This focus gives us writers the tools to fill in that blank space between page 10 and page 190.
Hi, I'm Lia! I'm an author and the creator of Cozy Writer's Room. I believe in the power of storytelling and love helping others tell their stories using simple productivity tools like printables!