Putting me and the idea of organization together in the same sentence is optimistic at best. However, I’ve been trying to do better.
If you’ve been here for any length of time, you know I’m not a plotter. At all. That’s just not the way my brain works. And I’m also a very visual person. Pinterest is great for people like me. One of the things I like to do while I’m working on a story is create a image board. I look for images that either remind me of my characters or of the general situation they’ve found themselves in. I don’t necessarily plot according to the pictures I’ve pinned, but often, they do spur ideas. And if they do spur ideas, the boards are a great place to help keep track of them.
Here’s an example of a finished board for my book, In Bounds (aka Sportsball that released late last year.)
And here’s an example of a board in progress for my upcoming book, Mist and Stone.
I also use bullet journals to keep myself on track with both writing and life in general. The daily #bujo keeps me on track with daily writing, editing, and life-in-general tasks. This is my daily journal with a sample daily task list.
I use the Piccadilly Essential Large Ruled Notebook. For me, it’s the perfect size, and the paper quality is great – even markers don’t ghost through the pages.
Purple signifies writing related tasks, light blue is editing, green is family and personal stuff, and pink is health. As you can see, February has been a bit of a bitch in terms of getting stuff done. But, I’m pushing through.
This is my #writingbujo.
I use this journal to keep track of story notes, character details, and progress. Since I currently have multiple series plus a number of stand alone books going, the #writingbujo helps me keep everything in a centralized location.
There’s not currently a lot of info on this story, but you get the idea. Also, sorry about the shadowy pictures, but it was late when I remembered I needed pictures, and the lighting in my house suuuuuuucks.
This is about it for me today, if you have any questions about my “process” such as it is, or if you’d like to order a journal cover of your own, lemme know. 🙂 And be sure to check out the other bloggers’ posts to see what kinds of tips and tricks they have–I know I will be. Deelylah, Gwen, Jessica, and Jess.
0 thoughts on “Tips, Tricks, and Tools I Use to Organize My Writing”
*organisational boner* ^_^
*my pages are staring seductively at you*
You are organized.
Is it exactly where you want to be yet? Probably not, but look back a bit and compare to what you do now? That’s right, you’re motherfucking organized, bitch. Own it, Green.
I’m definitely more organized than I’ve ever been in my life, so I’ll take it. 😀
We all have our talents – and our places for organization. Some think I am uber organized. (My DVD collection is cataloged.) But then they see my floors with their thick layer of dust. (I am too busy organizing my DVD collection to do the floors!) 😛 Lesson, what ever works for you. AND, as long as there is progress, it is all good.
BTW – That Mist and Stone loves good. I will look forward to reading it. 😀 Thank you for sharing.
You’re right – we do all have our talents. For instance, my DVDs are randomly shoved into the dresser drawers that sit underneath where the TV is mounted. There is *no* organization. 😀
Yay! I’m so glad you’re liking the looks of Mist and Stone! <3
I just got into writer bujos as a way to keep my stuff with me since Scrivener just stays on my laptop. This is very similar to my set up with the journal and pinboards. I’ve become more of a plotter over the years as a way to counteract story burnout and it’s mostly working? I do have issues with plot block (is that a thing? I’m making it a thing) where I’ll have ideas for random scenes and where I want them, but not the scenes that I need to connect them.
Lighting in my place is mostly terrible, even with the large windows I have in my living room. I have to get up next to them so I can take Instagram photos.
I approve of you making plot block a thing, mostly because I’m convinced it is a thing. And the only thing that counteracts plot block is literary jenga.
Lighting here is okay during the day. But at nearly midnight, there’s no such thing as a good place to take a picture.
love, love, love the organized rainbow of pens in each of your gorgeous covers. Good luck with the Etsy shop!
Thank you so much! I’m so excited to start making stock and taking orders! 🙂
And now I need to emulate your BuJo mojo. I’m kind-of frustrated with the one I’m using because I have to be careful what types of pens I use (even some gel pens bleed through), so it’s good to know your brand! And the covers? Sign me up…but not until I get closer to finishing up with this BuJo.
You let me know when you’re ready! Piccadilly is the best! 🙂
Am I the last to know about bujos? Fuck.
*snort* We’ll bring them on Friday. 🙂
OMG!!! I love the Pinterest page idea. It’s so amazing. You’re a genius!! And I really don’t understand the bujo so perhaps you can have a class for we who are confused.
LOL – I’ll take some pictures this weekend and write up a little explanation. 🙂