WRITING TOOLS

Below are the printable versions of the tools found in our bestselling books.

You can download, share, and print these as needed.

And, if you keep scrolling, you’ll find even more handouts, lists, marketing swipe files, and more. We hope these resources help a ton.

NEW! Career Assessment Tool (PDF)

  • Choosing a character’s career is no small thing…the job you pick will not only communicate their personality, skillset, morals, priorities, and interests to readers, it can also feed into their character arc and goals. Our Occupation Thesaurus assessment tool looks at all the important story factors to help you choose what career is the best fit for each character.

NEW! Occupation Speed Dating Tool (PDF)

  • Oh boy, with thousands of careers to choose from, which one will you pick for your character? Decisions, decisions. Don’t worry, we’ve made it easy and fun, matching 124 iconic and interesting jobs from The Occupation Thesaurus with some of the most powerful Primary Traits your character might have. Start Speed Dating!

NEW! Occupation Thesaurus Job Entry Template (PDF)

Character Arc Progression Tool (PDF)

  • Did you know that a character’s arc is tied to the wounding event from his past? Traumatic events are formative, impacting a character’s basic need, determining his story goal, generating sources of inner conflict, and more. The Character Arc Progression Tool can help you explore all the pieces and see how they fit together. For a deeper understanding of this resource, please reference The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma.

Backstory Wound Profile (PDF)

Setting Planner (PDF)

Emotional Value Tool (PDF)

Setting Checklist (PDF)

Setting Exercises (PDF)

Character Pyramid Tool (PDF)

Character Target Tool (PDF)

Character Profile Questionnaire (PDF)

Reverse Backstory Tool (PDF)

Weak Verb Converter Tool (PDF)

  • Transform all those generic, boring verbs into power verbs

Scene Revision/Critique Tool Level 1 & Level 2 (PDF)

  • A ‘light’ and ‘in-depth’ revision checklist for creating compelling characters and scenes

Emotional Movie Scenes (PDF)

  • A list of specific scene examples from movies that showcase different intense emotions

Crutch Words (PDF)

  • Those little, annoying overused words that hide in our manuscripts…finally a list for Search & Destroy during the revision process!

NEW: The Show, Don’t Tell Pro Pack
Want to strengthen your description but you’re unsure where to start? Or have you heard about our books from other writers and wonder what the fuss is about? This kit contains a descriptive thesaurus entry from each of our writing guides, tips on how that aspect of description will power up your story, and links to our top show, don’t tell articles.

MARKETING HAND OUTS:

Networking & Promo: Getting The Most Out Of Facebook (PDF)

Platform: Getting The Most Out Of Blogging (PDF)

Networking & Promo: Getting The Most Out Of Twitter (PDF)

Social Media Triple-play: Facebook, Twitter & Blogging (PDF)

Creative Book Launch/Event Ideas for Social Media Platforms (PDF)

“Inside a Book Launch” Swipe File: this PDF contains the email communications we sent out to our launch team, includes organized content for social sharing, marketing materials, and gives writers a great idea of how a book launch should be handled from the inside.

Also, check out the original post that links to an insightful Q & A that delves into this particular book launch. (LOTS of marketing help in this interview!)

Influencer Hot Sheet (PDF): Struggling to reach your exact reading audience? Maybe you should connect with a few people who have influence with your market. this handout guides you through the process of finding the right influencer, learning from them so you can engage with your audience better too, and how to reach out and create a relationship with them.For the article that accompanies this Hot Sheet, visit Jane Friedman’s blog here.

How Authenticity Attracts Readers for a Successful Book Launch (Podcast): If you are trying to understand how to build up your website and online platform to attract readers through your brand, this will help. We also discuss finding your ideal audience, and how to launch a book effectively, encouraging people to participate in your online events.

And because we like to save the best for last…

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If you like what we do here at WHW, then get ready to have your proverbial socks blown off. Explore One Stop for Writers for yourself by activating our generous 2-Week FREE TRIAL.

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Linsey
Linsey
5 days ago

Hello, I work at a library and we are starting a writing group, could I share these PDF’s online to our group?

BECCA PUGLISI
Admin
5 days ago
Reply to  Linsey

Congrats on starting a group, Linsey! Of course, the tools on that page are free for you to share as needed. We hope they come in handy! Good luck on getting things up and and running.

Tom Austin
1 month ago

A major character in my story, “Blue Cottage” frequently speaks in very simple to understand language. Consequently, she uses a lot of adverbs. I use Grammarly rather frequently, but it loves to suggest that I not use adverbs. However, it does not suggest any alternatives to the adverbs (I’m using the free version). Could you make a PDF for adverbs in the same vein as the Weak Verb Converter Tool? Thanks, this place is great!

Tom Austin
1 month ago

Grammarly flags **every** single adverb. I try to not use them because I know that Grammarly is going to give me this headache. But my MC is identified by her use of adverbs. To be more specific she loves to use the word “really”. I beg you to reconsider. I was checking my third chapter last night. My protagonist, Cassie Carter, loves to talk. But Grammarly won’t allow my characters to sound as I write them. Readers would be able to tell Cassie was speaking because she uses the word “really”.
It’s not like the story is peppered with the word. Grammarly won’t allow any. All I’m asking for are *alternatives* to adverbs so I don’t tear my hair out. Right now, my characters really don’t “sound” the way I want them to. Grammarly is re-writing a bit too rigidly. Thanks and stay safe in these crazy, mixed-up times.

Amy Reno
1 month ago

I would love to see a networking help section for Instagram. I personally do not use Facebook and have a very strict view on never wanting to use it. I also do not have a twitter and don’t really have the want to use it. I would love to see some help/information in regards to an Instagram platform and ways to help aspiring authors & writers who use this platform.

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Susan Wilson
Susan Wilson
11 months ago

Several of the tools above, listed as printable versions, print with a black rectangle or square in the center, the apparent watermark. How does one print the forms in useful format?

Anne
Anne
6 months ago

Not the original commenter, but I’m still seeing this. The watermark on the Backstory Wound Profile is not transparent, so there’s a big grey square where that image is (does not appear to be an issue with any of the other PDFs). It’s really distracting.

Vili Makihele II
Vili Makihele II
8 days ago

02/20/2021: When I print from the link, my Mac fills the watermark in all black.

I discovered if you download and open the PDF, you should be able to print the worksheets without black squares interrupting text.

The Backstory Wound Profile will have watermark black background but will not mask the text.

The watermark needs to be saved and applied as a PNG format so whitespace is created instead of black space. I’d research the technique used to apply the watermark on the docs too.

BECCA PUGLISI
Admin
6 days ago

Thanks very much for this information, Vili. We’ll look deeper into this.

Krishnendu
Krishnendu
1 year ago

I have just completed the first draft of my first single room novelette, thanks to your invaluable direction, without that advice I couldn’t have done it. Now, I have set myself another new goal – I am trying to pen a “Time Loop” story, I am watching all these films and studying online, but still, I couldn’t get my head around it. SO, here I again seek insight on how should I be approaching to write a “TIME LOOP” story.

Regards

Krishnendu
Krishnendu
1 year ago

Movie like – Groundhog Day, Looper, Predestination, Source Code, Edge of Tomorrow, Triangle, A Day, Run Lola Run. The main problem I am experiencing is conjuring up the “Main Reason” which is making the repetition of the events over and over again. Also whatever resetting the time, why is it doing so? How can I connect these with story’s theme? Inside my head I am feeling foggy of these things.

Krishnendu
Krishnendu
1 year ago

Thank you and lots of love & Thanks again for this christmas gift!
Wish you all a very good christmas eve.

Regards

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Steven A. Reynolds
Steven A. Reynolds
1 year ago

Dear Sir:

I just wrote a memoir, and am looking for a literary agent to represent me. Please notify me, if there are agents where one of their specialties are memoirs, and I will Email them my query.

Krishnendu
Krishnendu
1 year ago

Hi,

I am struggling with a writing project. The goal is I need to keep the whole story exactly in a single setting. I need advice & guidance. Please help.

Krishnendu
Krishnendu
1 year ago

Thanks a lot for your advice, I am going go to give it my best shot.

Robin
Robin
1 year ago

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Rob Mason
Rob Mason
3 years ago

Thank you for providing such helpful information. After reading the first 52 pages of a manuscript, my wife encouraged me to hurry up so she could see how the story ends. She purchased The Emotion Thesaurus, The Positive Trait Thesaurus, The Negative Trait Thesaurus, and The Emotional Wound Thesaurus and eagerly handed them to me because, as she put it, I’m too hard on myself when it comes to my writing.

I have found them very helpful and would recommend them to any aspiring writer. Even though I have a very strong understanding of my protagonist, who turns out to be an antihero, the tools have helped hone certain character attributes for many of the other characters in the manuscript.

Thanks again! I look forward to receiving the other two Thesauruses, which have already been ordered.

Sincerely,

Rob Mason

BECCA PUGLISI
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3 years ago
Reply to  Rob Mason

This is such a nice note to receive! I’m really happy that the books are helping you. Big hugs to your wife, both for her purchase and her words of wisdom and encouragement to you. We all need those honest cheerleaders in our lives. Keep up the good work!

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