The Monster Novel Structure Workbook

The Monster Novel Structure Workbook

How to Plot Without Getting Stuck

21 distinct beats to guide you through your novel. More than just the the inflexible Hero's Journey, the Monster Workbook takes you through the most popular character arc—a positive one with a (mostly) happy ending—to maximize your book's emotional satisfaction. With the aid of step-by-step explanations, examples, and analysis, you'll understand how and why the structure works. And also how it can be broken and still work.

The book is enhanced with downloads, including printable and editable PDFs, a Scrivener template, and a NaNoWriMo calendar.

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21 Beats to a Better Novel

Know where you’re going, before the first draft or during revision.

No More Muddy Middle

The bane of every writer, you can see now clearly see what to do next.

Emotionally Satisfying

Take your Protagonist, and your reader, on a journey of self-discovery.

This book is empowering! I have several Nanowrimo novel drafts that I've been trying (and failing) to revise for years. I always get hung up on plotting and organizing. But after reading this book, I finally understand where I'm going wrong and what I need to do to fix them. I feel so encouraged and inspired to get to work. And the downloads are perhaps the most useful ones I've seen.
Sara on GoodReads
I’ve purchased and read so many novel writing books over the past decade, but the Monster Novel Structure Workbook is hands-down my favorite. I found it incredibly helpful, clear, and concise. It blows the roof off the mystery of plotting. For the first time, novel plotting actually makes sense.
booklover45 on Amazon

Downloads Include:

  • PDF Structure Chart
  • PDF & DOCX Worksheets for printing and saving
  • Workbook Questions in DOCX format
  • PDF Example Worksheets for 7 stories
  • Scrivener Template
  • NaNoWriMo Calendar for November 2018

What Readers Are Saying

I've read a number of 'how to structure your novel' books, and I found this one much easier to understand than some of the other books I've read.
Jayne Davis on GoodReads
I liked this one a lot! Fleetwood's research and analysis of novel structure is presented in a way that is quick and easy to understand, as well as fun to read. The downloads that come with the book are great, too!
Reviewer88 on Amazon
Excellent. For beginners and professional writers. This book will make you a better writer. This is what you are looking for if you are feeling stuck or have writer's block. It comes with precious downloable material.
Matías D'Angelo on Amazon
I've always had a hard time with structuring a story. Most of the well-defined systems seem too rigid and mechanical. But I tend to wander and get lost if I don't have some kind of framework in place. The Monster Novel Structure book really bridged the gap for me. It synthesized structure principles and explained why they work in a way that made some light bulbs go off.
NJ Amazon on Amazon
“Best resource I've ever seen for novel writing. I know it sounds like I'm gushing, but I truly mean it. I will definitely be leaving reviews and recommending it to every writer I know.”
Beta Reader
“I feel like I've won the novel-writing lottery! For the first time I feel like I have the tools and knowledge to do this thing; to actually see my novels to completion. I woke up this morning, not only inspired and excited to work on my WIPs, but empowered.”
Beta Reader
“Amazing! The most useful downloads EVER. I think it's doable without them, but why? And the Scrivener template. I am dying! I feel like someone is holding my hand and saying, you can do this. Baby steps! And the steps are all spelled out so clearly. The downloads put an already fantastic novelling resource over the top.”
Beta Reader
“I consider myself a pantser and tend to get lost as a result, but the monster made everything really clear in a way that I knew would eliminate a draft or two while still giving me room to play.”
Beta Reader
“This is a really good compilation on writing structure expressed in clear, understandable language. It covers so much I've found scattered elsewhere! I feel this is an essential basic writing tool for writers new and experienced.”
Beta Reader
“This was a lifesaver and has changed the way I write for the better.”
Beta Reader
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