About a year and a half ago I shared the worksheet I use when I start brainstorming short stories. If you check out the post here, you can learn more about where I got my inspiration for this worksheet.
I’ve created an updated version of the worksheet. This version is a lot cleaner and can be printed on one page if you use two-sided printing.
As I said in my first version of this worksheet, it can be used backward or forwards, depending on what kind of writer you are. I tend to start with a theme. I figure out what kind of truth I want to tell in the story, and that helps me nail down what kind of characters I need, what the plot will be about, etc. I also tend to write details about submission due dates, word count requirements and other details in the “Title” section of this sheet, so I can keep track of what I’m working on.
You can start with characters if that is how you prefer to write story, or plot. Or if you have an idea for a story, but nowhere to put it yet, jot it down on the worksheet and hold onto it until you feel ready to flesh it out. By no means do you need to start at the top of the sheet and work your way down, make the worksheet work for you. Fill it out in fits and starts, whatever works best for you.
You can download the sheet here: