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How to plan a novel with Microsoft Excel

So I am taking a day off from the daily posts to bring you How to plan a novel with Microsoft Excel.  This is a new concept to me which I came across just a few weeks ago, in my day to day work I use Microsoft Excel extensively and - from what I have seen - it seems like a highly efficient and structured way to keep your novel on track.

I have seen many different formats during my research of this planning method and I am currently working on a template which I am hoping to bring to you tomorrow - available for free download.  This seems to work well for people who like to write from a detailed plan opposed to those that fly by the seat of their pants and end up with a novel.

I want the document to include the following tabs:

  • Scenes
  • Characters
  • Places
  • Timeline
  • Other
I'm going to be having a think about it tomorrow and finalise my template for you all to use so make sure you check back here and give it a go.

Signing off for now,


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