Print this out, make copies and keep in your writer’s notebook.

The story spark is the creation of Karen Wiesner, but I’ve adapted the idea. Since movies have 50-60 plot points, I’ve realized books (since I wrote both) must have them also.

If you think of them as “plot points”, you freeze up. You’re afraid to commit them to paper, because it’s so final. But when you think of something that’s just a list of things that spark your creativity, or a scene you think of as, “Oh, that’s great – I can’t wait to write that!”, then it’s easy. I’ve written out three spark sheets for novels on one day, because now the worry about wasting a plot point is gone. I just thought of, “Wouldn’t it be cool if…”

Here you go. Highlight the table, clip it to Evernote. print it out and keep it in your writers’ note book. make copies. Oh, and fill one out today.

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2. 32.

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4. 34.
5. 35.
6. 36
7. 37.
8. 38.
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10. 40.
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