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This 9x6 book began as a personal project: a collection of questions mined from the far reaches of the internet and my brain to help work through some roadblocks in my own WIP. It was never meant to get far. This is your new literary laboratory. If it's neat and tidy by the end, you've done it all wrong.

If it's a scribbled mess of ramblings, cross-outs, amendments, and notes in the margins, then you're off to a good start. Wreck this book. Break the spine. Fold it every which way. Its sole purpose is to get your thoughts flowing and your hand moving. This book is not a test. There is no correct way to answer and you are not meant to go in knowing the solution to every one of these questions.

Terry Pratchett once said, "the first draft is you telling yourself the story," and that's what Part 1 is designed to do: get your story out of your head and onto the page.

Part 2 has genre-oriented questions. Since many of these chapters might not apply to your story, feel free to skip them. Many genres have some degree of crossover, however, so I recommend popping into each for a look-see in case they might have some helpful elements.

Part 3 is oriented around story progression, using a beginning-middle-end structure for simplicity. The questions here are to help you design out how your story will unfold. Visit each section as you reach these milestones to reorient yourself and resist getting lost in the creative doldrums. Or don't- I won't tell you how to live!

As I said, you should not know the answers to every one of these questions, and not every one of these answers should find its way into your final product. The point is to get you thinking about the answers, sit them in the back of your head, and provide a broader sense of your world and characters as you write. If you don’t know the answer, do your research and find one. Only then can you present your reader with an immersive experience.

Spiral bound and hard cover option available in the shop! If a physical copy isn't your thing, check out the *new* digital edition of WIP now available to download.

Now, don't you have a story to write?

- Moira

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5 out of 5 stars

It’s literally so beautiful! Honestly I get super intimidated by these kinds of books but my fears were CRUSHed as soon as I opened the first page! I love it!

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Alex Saldivar Feb 8, 2022

5 out of 5 stars

beautiful. can't wait to flesh out my WIP

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Nichelle Mar 29, 2022

5 out of 5 stars

While I haven't finished this book at all yet, I jumped right into it when it arrived. I'm mid-fourth draft of my novel which is a very rough spot to be in and this book is really helping me sort through all that jumble. LOVE IT. Thank you so much, Moira! Love that you shared this.

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Crys Apr 16, 2022

5 out of 5 stars

I bought this as a gift and it is a GREAT journal! My boyfriend loves it and writes in it every night. The prompts are super detailed and helpful. He has been able to expand upon his story and analyze weak points. The whole book is amazing quality, the pages are thick and well lined. I would definitely purchase this again, I think it is well priced as well! There was even a nice handwritten note when I received it with a sticker and a business card!

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Charlotte Haley Mar 1, 2022

5 out of 5 stars

Came in perfect condition, along with a lovely note and a little sticker! Love it! Thank you, Moira!

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Hayden Jan 31, 2022