Monday, August 1

You Asked for it, You Got it: The Planning Your Novel Workbook is Here!

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

It's been a delight these last few years hearing from writers who have found their stories and written their novels using my Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure book. Many of you have asked (and some demanded, you know who you are -grin-) if I was going to do a workbook for it.

The answer is yes.

I'm thrilled to announce the release of my newest writing book, the Planning Your Novel Workbook. Its larger workbook format is perfect for writers who enjoy brainstorming on paper and developing their novels in an organized and guided format.

  • No more searching for ideas jotted down on bits of paper
  • No more losing notes just when you need them most
  • Keep all your thoughts in one, easy-to-use workbook

Not only does the Planning Your Novel Workbook contain the more than 100 exercises for the novel-planning process found in Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure, it has Bonus Questions that go a little deeper in selected workshops to help you flesh out your ideas even more.

If you've been using the Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure workshops to plan your novel, then the workbook is a handy way to zip right to your favorite exercises and assignments and develop your novels using the process that works best for you. (One of my beta readers uses a workbook per novel and loves having all her notes in one book for easy reference).

It's also a great addition for those who prefer to read the lectures in e-book format, but want to work out the exercises by hand.

The Planning Your Novel Workbook was created to be used with Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure. It contains only the exercises and assignments, not the lectures themselves. If you're new to the series, I recommend starting with Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure and using the workbook to develop your novel as you go though the ten workshops.

The Better Fiction Blog Tour and Ten-Page Critique Giveaway

The tour starts today over at Query Tracker with tips on where to find ideas for your novel. Come on over and say hello, and enter the giveaway to win a ten-page critique from me.

Looking for tips on writing your novel? Check out my book Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure, a series of self-guided workshops that help you turn your idea into a novel, and the just-released companion guide, the Planning Your Novel Workbook

A long-time fantasy reader, Janice Hardy always wondered about the darker side of healing. For her fantasy trilogy The Healing Wars, she tapped into her own dark side to create a world where healing was dangerous, and those with the best intentions often made the worst choices. Her novels include 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).

Janice is also 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, and the upcoming Revising Your Novel: First Draft to Finished Draft, and Understanding Show Don't Tell (And Really Getting It).  

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  1. Congrats and all the best with sales, Janice. Just shared your news. 👍

  2. My workbook is on the way via Amazon. Promises delivery Aug 03 (but then some comments about "when available"?) Excited to get it whenever it gets here!

    Off to Query Tracker now.....

    1. Aw, thank you! Hope you enjoy it.

    2. Got my workbook yesterday and am VERY pleased. Perfect book size, font, and line spacing for answers. Already loved the exercises from the e-book but the workbook is such an enhancement. I Got to leave the first review on Amazon! How cool is that!

    3. So cool! Thank you SO much :)

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    1. I think so, but then, I'm biased (grin).

  4. Looks like an excellent series, congratulations!

  5. This is fantastic! I'm planning to use both to prep for nano this year... But first I must finish the rough of my WIP, something I wouldn't be able to do without your amazing blog!

    1. Aw, thanks so much :) I'm doing a few NaNo prep posts on the blog tour, so be sure to check those out for some tips to help you this year.

  6. Is this available in Digital format (pdfor other) instead of paperback?

    1. Just paperback, since it's only the exercises and assignments. You can get the same questions (minus the bonus ones) in the ebook version of Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure.