Writing Templates for Novel Writing

The One-Click Writing Templates We Offer

One of the core features of our writing software and a favorite of our writers is our Outlines and Templates. These are plot templates and outlines used by best-selling authors and available to you at the click of a button.

You can always start a blank manuscript in LivingWriter and plot yourself, or you can choose from any one of these below and get guidelines for crafting your plot. From romance to thrillers, to short stories, we've got outlines for anyone and everyone.


The Hero's Journey is a writing template identified by Joseph Campbell and outlined in his book The Hero with a Thousand Faces. This outline of adventure and transformations runs through the core of many myths across the world.


Popularized by Kat O'Keeffe this plot structure breaks your book down into 27 chapters and 3 acts. It's one of the most simple and thoroughly detailed outlines to get started with. The most used writing template on LivingWriter.


The Story Circle is an approach to plotting that Dan Harmon, the creator of the TV show Rick and Morty, adapted from the Hero's Journey writing template. It lays out a narrative arc that's commonly used by stories and myths from all over the world...


A writing template popularized by author Dan Wells, the Seven Point Story structure is named so because it consists of seven important points that build the manuscript from beginning to end.


A memoir is any nonfiction narrative writing based on the author's personal memories. If you want to write an amazing memoir then it's essential to first create an outline for your work.


The Three Act Structure is the most common writing template for plotting stories - used by many best-selling authors. The idea is that every manuscript needs a setup, a confrontation, and a resolution.


A biography is a detailed description of a person's life. It involves more than just the basic facts like education, work, relationships, and death; it portrays a person's experience of these life events.


A book proposal is a document used to persuade a publisher that your project is economically viable for their publishing house. It needs to convince the publisher that your idea has enough commercial potential to take the risk of putting money and resources into your book.


A self-help book is one that is written with the intention to instruct its readers on solving personal problems. This writing template is designed to guide you through the organization as well as helping you create a book that captures the attention of the reader and helps to create great change.

Romancing The Beat

The romance arc is made up of its own manuscript beats, and the external plot and theme need to be braided to the romance arc—not the other way around. Delve into the best-selling work of Gwen Hayes and get your Romance novel started the right way with writing template Romancing the Beat.