Story Grid Spreadsheet (My Version)

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Story Grid Foolscap (My Version)

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Foolscap Global Story Grid Spreadsheet

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Story Grid Scrivener Template (My Version)

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Story Grid Scrivener Template

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Scene breakdown calculator (My Version)

Outline Scene Calculator Spreadsheet Screenshot
Outline Scene Calculator Spreadsheet

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Tools I’ve Used

Pro Writing Aid (affiliate link) – Use for grammar checking (among other things)

The Grinder – Market database/Search engine for fiction and poetry markets

Scrivener – Structured Word Processing

Scapple – Brain Mapping

Onenote – Keep all my notes here

OneDrive – Store writing files

Dropbox – Use to sync Scrivener with iPad version

Gimp – Open source photo editing

Dragon – Use for dictation

Web Services I use

Canva – Use for making covers

Pexels – Free stock photos

Mailchimp – Mailing lists

Bluehost – Web Hosting

Online Writing Resources

Story Grid Blog and Podcast

Brandon Sanderson’s blog on writing

Brandon Sanderson’s BYU Lectures Brandon Sanderson – 318R

Brandon Sanderson’s laws of magic:

Jim Butcher’s blog on writing –

Writing Books I’ve Read

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The War of Art – Steven Pressfield

Story Grid: What Good Editors Know – Shawn Coyne

2,000 to 10,000: How to write faster, write better, and write more of what you love – Rachel Aaron

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print – Rennit Browne

Rock Your Revisions: A Simple System for Revising Your Novel – Cathy Yardley

Your First 1000 Copies: The Step-by-Step Guide to Marketing Your Book – Tim Grahl

Running Down a Dream: Your Road Map to Winning Creative Battles – Tim Grahl

The Artist’s Journey: The Wake of the Hero’s Journey and the Lifelong Pursuit of Meaning – Steven Pressfield

Other Helpful Books I’ve Read

Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done – John Acuff

Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business – Charles Duhigg

Books I’m “Reading” – Really books I have started

Plot Perfect – Paula Munier (stalled)

Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott (stalled)

Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers From the Very First Sentence – Lisa Cron (stalled)

Structuring Your Novel – K.M. Weiland (stalled)

Story Engineering – Larry Brooks (stalled)

Writing the Breakout Novel – Donald Maass (stalled)

Books on my list to read (not necessarily in this order)

On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft – Stephen King

Do the Work – Steven Pressfield, Shawn Coyne

Turning Pro – Steven Pressfield, Shawn Coyne

Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t: Why That Is And What You Can Do About It – Steven Pressfield, Shawn Coyne

Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting – Robert McKee

Dialogue: The Art of Verbal Action for Page, Stage, and Screen

How to Write Science Finction & Fantasy – Orson Scott Card

Book Launch Blueprint: The Step-by-Step Guide to a Bestselling Launch – Tim Grahl

A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within – Natalie Goldberg, Julia Cameron

The Writing Life – Annie Dillard

Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World – Michael Hyatt

Content Rules – Anne Handley, C.C. Chapman

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