Bullet Journaling for Writers
Hi Y’all. Welcome back.
As you may know, I am an avid bullet journalist. I owe a great deal of my productivity and ability to just keep up with life to bullet journaling.
I recently posted about Why You Should Start a Bullet Journal, so be sure to check that out if you haven’t already.
But today I want to share with all my fellow writers, both current and aspiring to be, 8 awesome ways that bullet journaling can benefit you as a writer.
You may see lists like this across the internet that talk about how you can write your plot line and keep your character list and scenes written here, but those are all things you should be incorporating into your outline already, so a bullet journal isn’t a really unique thing there.
So I’m going beyond that and talking about ways your bullet journal can help develop you as a writer, rather than focusing in on only things pertaining to your current work in progress.
To make this as easy as I can for you, I made the pages very minimalistic, but the beauty of bullet journaling is you can truly make it your own, so if you want to throw in some color, stickers, calligraphy, or washi tape, feel free to do that.
And even if you’re not necessarily pursuing writing, some of these is sure to still give you a little inspiration for things to add to your bullet journal, especially if you’re a student.
Shall we get started?
Number 1: Book & Story Ideas
I like putting this page at the beginning of the journal to make it easily accessible throughout the year. And I dedicated two pages of this in my own journal because I tend to get a lot of vivid dreams that I want to turn into books.
I typically start an entry with the preliminary idea for the title. Then say what genre I think it will fall under. Then in a couple of sentences, I write in a brief overview of what the plotline would look like.
Number 2: Character Name Ideas
This is different from the character list you have as part of your outline for your work in progress. This section is a place you can put any cool or unique names you hear on the street that you can see yourself using for a character name.
I also like writing in what that name could symbolize. Or in other words, a deeper meaning behind that name. Whether it’s a reference to someone or derived from a certain language.
Number 3: Weekly Writing Prompts
Here I’m laying out what your weekly log could look like with a writing prompt added in. You can find tons of writing prompts online, but just for this video, I created a list of 52 Fun Weekly Writing Prompts that will set you up for the whole year, so go check that out on my blog.
Number 4: Daily Quote Creation
This forces you to not only expand your creativity but also dive deeper into your heart and soul. You can write your quote at the end of the day and don’t be afraid to let it reflect on how your day went.
Number 5: Research Questions
This list can help you with your current work in progress and future writing project ideas. It’s basically a place you can take note of any further research you need to do for a scene or character. You can also use it as a preliminary section to the book ideas.
For example, if you heard about a weird natural phenomenon, you could put it here so you can remember to research it further and determine if you’d like to include it in your book.
Number 6: Sales Tracker
Pretty straightforward, you can use this page to track your book sales. It works best as a monthly tracker because you can record each day of the month like this. If you have more than one book, you can make a page for each one, or just do total. And you can make this vertical column be the number of units sold, total sales, or total profits. Whatever you want. After the month is done, you can go through and draw lines through all the points making a progress chart.
Number 7: Marketing & Promotion Tracker
This keeps track of the times you have done any marketing for your book. Whether that’s posting on social media, running a Facebook ad, or reaching out to influencers.
You can make it simple by doing a little box like this, where you fill in each day you market.
Or you can go more detailed and do a vertical line month like this with all the dates and room to write in exactly what you did.
Number 8: Authors & Books to Read List
You can always find inspiration from reading other authors works, both within and outside of your own genre. So here I’m adding in a books-to-read list. You can also adapt this to a list of authors that inspire you or even that you’d like to eventually reach out to and make a professional connection with.
Now it’s time to get writing! Utilize your monthly or yearly spreads to keep track of your writing goals and your weekly spread to keep track of your daily writing objectives. Let me know in the comments down below or Tweet if you have any other cool techniques writers can do to maximize the benefit of their bullet journals.
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Bye for now, Y’all.