Writer’s Notebook Worksheets

Hi. My name is Sandman. I’m one of the writing buddies of children’s author, Nancy I. Sanders.

In case you haven’t noticed, I like to sit inside the pantry. It gives me ideas for lots of sensory details to add to my stories. Like chewy gooey raisins and crunchy crackers and spicy cinnamon and my personal favorite fishy fishy tunafish.

I know that stuff like sensory details is important for writers. That’s why I keep a writer’s notebook handy with all sorts of worksheets in it I can refer to while I’m writing and editing and working on my manuscripts.

I hope you keep a writer’s notebook, too. If you do, here’s a growing list of worksheets you can add to it. And if you don’t, make your very own writer’s notebook today. Just buy a 3-ring binder, print out the worksheets here, pop then into the binder, then refer to them while you write!

These worksheets have been developed to help YOU write like the cat’s meow. Many of them are based on writing workshops my writing buddy, Nancy, has taught.

These worksheets are available now for a limited time FREE here on this site. (Did I say free? I wish tuna was free!) You can download them, print them out, and add them to your own writer’s notebook. And if you share them with your writing buddies, just be sure to always include the copyright and website information of our writing buddy, Nancy I. Sanders, as it’s printed along the bottom of each page.

INFORMATIVE ARTICLES

Pick-Your-Pix

 

RUBRICS TO HELP EVALUATE OR CRITIQUE MANUSCRIPTS OR PUBLISHED BOOKS

Fiction Picture Book Rubric (Click HERE for tips to use this worksheet.)

Nonfiction Picture Book Rubric ( Click HERE for tips to use this worksheet.)

Informational Text Picture Book Rubric

First Page Picture Book Rubric (Click HERE for tips to use this worksheet.)

First Page Children’s Novel Rubric

Children’s Novel Rubric

Elements of Humor Checklist

Nonfiction Picture Book Self Editing Checklist

Nonfiction Article Self-Editing Checklist (CLICK HERE for tips to use this worksheet.)

 

CHARTS AND WORKSHEETS TO GET ORGANIZED FOR SUCCESS

Periodical Chart (Click here for tips to use this worksheet.)

Predictable Plot Worksheet A

Basic Plot Worksheet A (CLICK HERE for tips to use this worksheet.)

Basic Plot Outline

Outline for a Nonfiction Picture Book (CLICK HERE for tips to use this worksheet.)

Outline for a Nonfiction Picture Book document file (CLICK HERE for tips to use this worksheet.)

Title Tryouts

Brainstorm Your Story’s Setting

Idea Bubbles Brainstorming

 

HELPFUL AND ESSENTIAL LISTS
Use these lists as a guide to make your writing pop and fizzle with pizzazz! Then write down more examples you find to make each list (and your writing) even better! If you fill up one page, start a new one. Blank pages are available below.

DOLCH WORD LIST

Silly Strategies for Writing Humor

Genre at a Glance

Genres and Subgenres (Click here and also click here for tips on using this worksheet.)

Common Plots

List of Tense Words

Wrap Up Your Ending to Tie into Your Beginning

UNIVERSAL THEMES:
Universal Themes Ages 0-3

Universal Themes Ages 4-7

Universal Themes Ages 8-12

Universal Themes Ages 13-15

Universal Themes Ages 16-19

 

GENRE PRINTABLE NOTEBOOK PAGES
Action

Picture Book-Folk Tale

Picture Book-Tall Tale

 

CALENDARS
3-Week Nonfiction Picture Book Calendar.xlsx (CLICK HERE for tips to use this calendar.)

3-Week Blank Calendar.xlsx

1-Week Nonfiction Picture Book Calendar.xlsx (CLICK HERE for tips to use this calendar.)

1-Week Blank Calendar.xlsx

 

PRINTABLE POSTERS AND SIGNS
Print these posters and signs and add them to your notebook to remind you what to focus on during different stages of your writing. Or hang them front and center in your writing space to really stay focused and inspired!

First Draft (CLICK HERE for tips on using this sign.)

 

BLANK PAGES
Blank pages 1 column

Blank page 3 columns

And hey…how do you like my writer’s notebook?! I made it myself…yawn…and now it’s time for a few more zzzzzz’s…