Story Map Template

Story Map Template, within the Milanote app

The ideal template for starting your next story

The Story Map template helps you lay the foundation for writing your novel. It asks five critical questions about your novel so that you can begin formulating a vision for it. This story planner helps you see and analyze your vision from different, fresh perspectives.

After completing this template, you'll have a refined concept for a novel. Follow it up with the Story Outline and Character Profile templates to really round out your story.

This template is part of our guide on How to plan a novel.

  • Explore ideas
  • Organize visually
  • Share with your team
  • Gather feedback
  • Export to PDF

Collect everything in one place

Milanote is the visual way to collect everything that powers your creative work. Simple text editing & task management helps you organize your thoughts and plans. Upload images, video, files and more.

Organize visually

Milanote's flexible drag and drop interface lets you arrange things in whatever way makes sense to you. Break out of linear documents and see your research, ideas and plans side-by-side.

Collaborate with your team

Milanote boards can be a private place to think, or a shared workspace for collaboration—you're in total control of who sees what. Instantly see your team's changes, leave comments, and never miss a thing with smart notifications and alerts.

Organize your ideas & planning in one place.

Novel Plan Template
Novel Plan Template, within the Milanote app

Bring your characters to life.

Character Profile Template
Character Profile Template, within the Milanote app

Plan your story outline, plot & scenes

Story Outline Template
Story Outline Template, within the Milanote app

Collect & organize your research.

Research Template
Research Template, within the Milanote app

Turn an initial idea into something amazing.

Brainstorming Template
Brainstorming Template, within the Milanote app

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The perfect foundation for your story.