Love, Murder,

and a Ghost or Two . . . 

HOW TO WRITE YOUR BOOK FROM IDEA TO OUTLINE: Step-by-Step Instructions with Simple One-Page Chart Templates Kindle edition

Do you have a great idea for a novel, but don't know how/where to begin?

You have 'The Horribles,' that panicky feeling writers experience when they WANT to write, but have no clue WHAT to write.

Never Fear. this book will help you!

A simple, step by step method for building a successful storyline from your basic idea.

Designed for the busy lifestyle, it's simple enough to read in one sitting, yet powerful enough to demonstrate the mysteries of the modern story structure.

No more dull openings. No saggy middles. And how to construct an exciting, edge-of-your-seat climax!

I explain story structure and demonstrate plot points, although I call them Stepping Stones because, when used correctly, they guide you through the maze of modern story structure. 

As a BONUS, I’ve included how I used the Stepping Stones to build my novel, Ten Times Guilty! 


$17.79 includes the CHARACTER CHARTS & ONE PAGE PLOTTING CHARTS I designed. Once downloaded, you can use them again and again.



Reading a portion of Brenda Hill's amazing book got me excited all over again about writing! I can't wait until I receive my own copy. Thinking about characters and plot lines. Not judging it, but throwing it all out there and letting your imagination run wild. There's always time to reign all those thoughts in later and give them structure, but Brenda captured the sheer joy of putting thoughts/ideas/dreams on paper. If I didn't already love writing, I'd want to try it because she makes it seem like a wonderful adventure rather than a dull chore.

Sandra Owens


As a writer who has very little in the way of innate organizational skills, I just want to say that this book has been my best friend! It really lays out the basics in pulling one's ideas together to make a coherent story. I have used it as a guide in several stories I've written. It's a superb tool to keep writers on track. I'd recommend it to any writer, new or experienced.

Nancy A. Jackson

I've tried to put together a coherent plot with index cards as I'd been taught, only to have my living room floor covered with them and I still had trouble knowing where they should go. Thanks to Ms Hill's book and her charts, I can now sit at my computer or the kitchen table and plot my entire book. My wife is happy to have the living room back! I'd recommend this to any writer and especially to aspiring writers.
Brian Campbell

I am very pleased with this one. As another reviewer commented, yes, it has many blank forms to use, but that's the point! Fill in the blanks, plot your novel, stay on course. Every writer is different, and works differently, but I personally am finiding the book to be a great help!

Will Graham



Included in price of ebook!

To help you even further,

 I condensed complex structure methods into simple one-page charts. With the PLOTTING CHART, you'll be able to organize your novel's structure and see at a glance if the storyline is working to the best dramatic effect.
I explain key scenes - scenes vital to the dynamic structure of your story - and I demonstrate on an example chart where they should be placed for maximum effect.
Now you can learn how to plot a modern novel and bring that story idea to life.
Contrary to myth, a good skeleton does not inhibit a writer's imagination; instead, an accepted structure provides the exciting changes that lead to story satisfaction. Which is what your reader expects. Today's readers are more sophisticated than ever before, and they instinctively know and expect certain things to happen in your story. If these incidents do not occur, the reader is often left dissatisfied and disappointed. Draggy, they may think. Dull. They may have purchased your first novel, but may hesitate to buy your next one.
          Don't let that happen!

Download  my CHARACTER CHARTS plus my one-page STRUCTURE/PLOTTING CHART templates to guide you through the maze of Plotting. 

The charts include: 


  • The Star
  • The Opposition
  • The Love Interest/Mentor
  • Supporting Cast & Walk-Ons


  • The astronomer's storyline
  • Ten Times Guilty storyline as an example 
  • A blank chart you may copy and use again and again.
  • Scene Placement charts, again using the astronomer's story and my own Ten Times Guilty scenes, plus a blank chart for your use.