❤️ Hi, I'm Char! ❤️
I have a degree in Filmmaking & Screenwriting, and an MA in Creative Writing, living up in the cloudy country of 📍Scotland📍, where I moved 8 years ago from my home country - Croatia.
I started The Plottery in 2021, sharing writing tips & tricks, and slowly accumulated a strong following of aspiring writers. As people came to me asking for help with their writing struggles, I decided to listen!
Now I coach aspiring writers and teach them how to finish their novel without the struggles they are used to experiencing. I've worked with over 20 personal clients and 200+ students in my Novel Plotting Academy.
Because of my background in film studies, my novel planning methods have roots in writing for screen! I believe screenwriting holds the best secrets to no fluff storytelling, strong plots, vivid characters and natural “show not tell” methods - and it's the reason I've decided to create this program!
Hear from some of the amazing people I've worked with.
I started working with Femke just under 3 months ago, on an incredible historical fiction novel. We started with a very vague idea - she wanted to write about something she was researching in the archive where she worked. Out of that simple idea, her story with two narrators at two separate times in history - with one very similar goal - was born.
Eve came to me with a story of 500,000 words that came out of her in the span of just 2 months... I'd never seen anything like it, and she'd made me laugh so much during our discovery call, I just had to take on the challenge. Now - we've got one comprehensive plot that she boiled down to the core - which shows a beautiful story of self-healing.
Leah | YA Fantasy
I had a basic, underdeveloped plot with little understanding of the basic story beats. Now I have fully fleshed characters and a great plot that I feel excited to continue to write.
Char has been informative, encouraging, and fantastic at problem solving. For the first time in writing I didn’t feel alone in the overwhelming process of crafting my novel. She's helped me with learning to enjoy the journey and discard the pressure of perfection.
Gianna | Historical Romance
Before starting Power Plotter, my project was two characters, a cool title, and a half-baked Pinterest board. Since starting the program, it feels tangible and real. I was so scared to actually start writing and dive into these characters because I didn’t want to screw it up, but I feel confident in what I have now.
Char has been nothing short of amazing — she’s been so flexible and understanding in working with me. I genuinely could not have asked for a better coach to take this from an idea to a real book. She walked me through every step of the process and gives me thoughtful, actionable feedback in every meeting.
The biggest thing I’m taking away from this program is that if you don’t write it, no one will! I became so attached to my characters that I felt if I actually wrote them into a story, I would somehow fail them. Char helped me understand that I would be failing them even more by never giving them a chance in a manuscript :)
Alexis | Thriller
My project was in need of a rewrite because of a saggy middle.
While working with Char, my character development and plot have changed immensely and all for the better. I found her feedback incredibly helpful and really enjoyed brainstorming with her. She showed enthusiasm toward my story and helped with my confidence moving forward.
I have learned that I'm someone who needs peer/editor feedback in order to remain engaged and motivated with my story. I found Char's knowledge and expertise invaluable and I no longer feel like I'm spinning my wheels.
Vanessa | YA Supernatural Romance
From the first call, Char’s knowledge of the writing craft proved to be a game-changer. She unraveled all the issues with the plot, character’s relationships, and story development.
Char challenged me to dig deeper and create well-rounded, relatable characters with clear motivations, goals, and conflict. Her plot grid is the best I’ve seen; she walked me through each section until I had an outline that worked for my story.
Having a concise and clear outline has made my writing flow with ease.
Matthew | Horror
My struggle before starting the program was writing the middle of my novel.
Char helped me see just how powerful character development is. Act 2 wrote itself once I developed all my characters!
Char’s plot grid allowed me to focus on my character development and put words to paper. If you're considering this program, please do it! You can always tell when someone is a pantser because their stories lack plotters’ planning and structure. It will surprise you how easily plotting can work for you!
Noelle | Fantasy
My story was an incomplete draft and my plot was very messy. I had lost the true meaning amongst everything I had added in.
After working with Char, my plot is solid and the story has proper direction and purpose. I feel that this has taken my story from a general idea/direction to a strong plot with all the key points nailed down.
She really helped me think more broadly about certain aspects of my project and story that I hadn't considered. She was always available to support with any questions I had.
How the program works
Here's a step-by-step overview of what you can expect from working with me!
Step 1: 📑 The Outlining Stage 📑
Step 2: 🌹 The Personalized Approach 🌹
Step 3: ✏️ Writing Your First Draft ✏️
Step 4: 💞 The Post-Draft Support 💞
✂️ Weekly feedback ✂️
You'll get pages of consistent feedback on any work you submit for the project you choose to work on!
And no, there's no cap on the word count.
We have a community space for all Power Plotters right here on the website. This group gives you the unique opportunity to chat with all of my current & past clients, so you can:
📌 get unique feedback on your work
📌 exchange manuscripts for beta reading
📌 support writers like yourself on their author journey and receive that support back
📌 participate in monthly events & challenges
And the best part? You get lifetime access.
This means we can stay in touch even after the program, you can continue to work on your project with the group's & my support, and you can keep us posted on your publishing journey!
I'm always happy to promote all of my clients' work.
Meet Sam & Beck!
I am a former playwright living and working in Scotland. I have a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Film and an MA in Creative Writing at Edinburgh Napier University.
I've recently drafted my debut novel: a post-apocalyptic story about the last man on Earth and I'm currently outlining my second. My plays have received 5-star reviews and sell-out runs in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. I also write for graphic fiction and my original comic Breaking Pointe is coming out in 2023 after a successful campaign on Kickstarter.
I want to work with enthusiastic writers who could benefit from a second pair of eyes and a developmental 'sounding board'. My favourite stories are ones that are grounded in our world but with a speculative twist and/or elements of mystery. Also, anything that can squeeze a tear out of my bleak and desolate soul.
I am an American in Edinburgh working on my MA in Creative Writing and an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction. I have a BA in Theatre Arts, where I focused primarily on directing and playwriting.
I'm currently drafting my debut novel: a YA fantasy story about a princess who lacks the magical ability she was promised, and a pirate who possesses a power she does not understand or want. I'm an avid reader of fantasy and queer contemporary romance and I'm constantly on the lookout for genre fiction with strong LGBTQ representation.
I want to work with writers who are passionate about their projects, whether you're just developing a tiny nugget of an idea or you're deep in the process of drafting. I adore fantasy and queer romance specifically, but any genre work will catch my attention.
"Sam offered constructive feedback on my work-in-progress novel, a portion of which I submitted for an academic assessment. His editorial feedback is always clear and encouraging, and his enthusiasm and insight have been invaluable when talking through ideas. Cheers, Sam!"
"Without the help of Beck, my novel would not be where it is now. With their aid, my plot, characterisation, and structure has developed tenfold. Beck acknowledges my strengths, filling me with confidence, while coaching me and guiding me gently through my struggles. Thanks to Beck, my stories are stronger and I am a better, more confident writer."
"As an extremely novice writer it’s a scary step sharing your work with anyone, never mind a ‘proper’ writer. Sam gave me great feedback and suggested ways on how to improve my writing as well as pointing out the parts that worked well. It’s really helped my approach to writing going forward and made me more confident doing it, thanks Sam!"
"Beck's feedback was instrumental in helping me shape the tension, tone, and pacing of my fantasy horror novel. Their notes were honest and constructive, giving me tangible steps to improve while also highlighting what is working well. I highly recommend consulting Beck for your creative work!"
Here's everything you're getting
📌 16+ hours of 1:1 coaching sessions (4 calls per month at 60-90 minutes)
📌 Daily support via text chat to discuss progress and ask questions (I use Discord, Skype or e-mail to stay in touch with my clients!)
📌 Lifetime access to the Power Plotters private Discord chat and private online community (with challenges, workshops, and write-ins!)
📌 Unique and easy to implement templates to guide you through your planning journey!
📌 Pages of consistent feedback on all your work related to the project you choose to work on
📌 Worksheets, cheat sheets, trackers & useful e-books to keep you motivated!
❤️🔥 BONUS: Full access to my online course: Novel Plotting Academy
❤️🔥 BONUS: The Writer's Toolboox
Bonus: Novel Plotting Academy!
With purchasing my coaching program, you also get instant full access to my online course: Novel Plotting Academy, as well as any of its future updates or add-ons.
It's the perfect course to take in advance of Power Plotter and prepare your project idea so you can take full advantage of our 1:1 sessions.Check out what's included in NPA
Bonus: Writer's Toolboox!
With purchasing my coaching program, you also get my three essential workbooks for writers!
📌 The Character Bible
📌 The Plotter's Almanac
📌 The World Builder's ChronicleCheck out the Toolboox you'll get!
Want to get started?
I won't ask you to invest anything until after you've filled out the sign up form, we've had a call, and you decide you're happy to proceed!
Once you're ready to get started, you can choose between:
Have you already got Novel Plotting Academy? You can get up to $200 off when signing up for my coaching through the full payment option.