Where was the bullet journal all those years ago?!
The YA fantasy is moving along. I can’t say it is “quickly” moving, but it isn’t standing still, and one of the reasons I am thinking it is going so well is because of the bullet journal set-up I’m using.
In a dedicated journal to this novel, I’ve set aside pages for an index, made a grid for keeping track of which chapters are finished for the first draft and another grid for the final draft version. Each chapter has its own pages where I keep track of which character has been introduced and notes about what has gone on compared to what I would like to see happen. I call the latter “Jottings Pages” and I can see I am going to have to set aside a couple more pages because the ideas are numerous!
I do not work with an outline per se – we’ve had the outline conversation before – but the bullet journal is helping to keep the thoughts orderly and somewhat organized. Before I begin writing, I go through the journal to see what notes I’ve left for myself from the day before as well as a list of things I need to do during the writing day.
At first I had to force myself to use the bullet journal. I just kept forgetting it. Once I began using it, though, the story itself began to flow easily. Some of the business-y things of writing are taken care of outside my brain and the story is actually more cohesive than before. To me.
From here on out I am going to use a bullet journal for writing, especially the novels. Having a generalized writing bullet journal would be very useful, too, but the format hasn’t come to me yet. Since it would contain shorter pieces with notes ideas, people, etc., it could force me to finish the shorter pieces because it would show me progress.
It is time to go into the ink mines.
Here is hoping everyone’s day is a good one!