Novel Idea Summary Sheet

Novel Idea Summary Sheet

Working title:

“Type” of novel best suited to this idea:
Mainstream or Category/Genre?

Subcategory if applicable:

Main Characters (list up to three major characters)

Character #1–the protagonist (the hero or heroine of this story)

Name:
Primary Goal:
Most notable personality trait(s):

Character #2–the antagonist (the main “opposition” character)

Name:
Primary Goal:
Most notable personality trait(s):
Relationship to protagonist:

Character #3–a major supporting character

Name:
Primary Goal:
Most notable personality trait(s):
Relationship to protagonist:

Setting(s) (if your novel has multiple settings, list the two main ones)

Setting #1:
Time frame:
Reason for using this setting:

Setting #2
Time frame:
Reason for using this setting:

What is the main complication of the story (the central problem that must be solved by the main character)?

What are the primary obstacles preventing the main character from achieving his or her goal?

How is the story resolved for the main characters (how does it end)? In one or two paragraphs, summarize, in present-tense narrative, your story idea.


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  • To use dramatic and nondramatic scenes
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