Free novel outlining template for Google docs

Need a free plotting template to help outline your novel? Want to write your book using Google docs? I’ve just created a detailed document you can copy to your own account and use to map out your book – click the link above to download now.

Get the google docs novel writing template:


Watch the video to see how it works…


This is a simple version of my 24 chapter novel outlining template.

You should also check out the free videos that walk you through the basics, over on

Or, if you’re ready to dig deeper and enjoy a historical, magically-based theme to help develop your writing, check out my latest book.

UPDATE 2021: Plotting is a good start but it isn’t everything; you also need to create suspense and conflict in your book to keep readers turning pages. I’ve created an online course on with advance writing tips, sharing everything I know about writing books that sell (I’ve sold about 50,000 so far).

The “Bestseller Blueprint” was $197 originally, but I really want to help more writers, so I’ve discounted it to just $37 for a limited time. And I’m giving away two bonus courses, with some more advanced tips for writing fiction and nonfiction books. If you’re looking for more direct feedback and a deep developmental critique of your writing, there are a few more spots left to work one-on-one with me. Happy writing!

About Derek Murphy

Hey there! I'm a philosophy dropout and book cover designer with a PhD in Literature. After spending a decade as a starving artist, I vowed to create the life of freedom my restless spirit demands. I covet a cabin full of cats, where I can write young adult fantasy novels and do a few editorial critiques to pay for my cake addiction. Sometimes I live in castles. FREE GUIDE: Book Marketing is Dead.
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