With 2016 coming to an end, I’ve started looking into new planners. And while there were many beautiful options for normal planners, I found that there weren’t many specialized organizers for literary projects that I wanted to work on. So, I created both a novel planner and a blogging planner to share with you all!
The novel collection contains a front page, where you can write your WIP’s title and a brief blurb. (In my opinion, those are the two hardest things to write in the planning stages, so good luck with that!) Then, there are two plotting pages– a structured sheet that guides you in mapping out a beginning, rising action, climax, and falling action, and a sheet that just lets you outline. (And hey, if you’re a pantser, you could just ignore this section all together.) There’s also a brainstorming page, where you can jot some ideas down. Then, there are the character pages. There are five pages for main characters: An appearance/general info page, a personality/relationship page, a history/sketching page (does anyone else find it fun to try to draw their characters?) a page of likes, and a page of dislikes. This is pretty long, and by the time you finish, you’re going to know your character pretty well! Finally, there’s a page for supporting characters, which is a really condensed version of everything in the main character pages.
You can use the novel planner for mapping out a new idea or for re-organizing yourself on a project you’ve already started. I sometimes map out my main characters on the extended information sheets even in pieces I’ve already been working on for a while, to remind myself of exactly who they are.
The blogging collection contains a calendar that you can fill out the days on and use for any month to track events and blog posts. It also has a weekly planner, which includes daily planning, a weekly checklist, and a section for notes. Finally, it has two large pages for blogging ideas, because it always helps to have back-up ideas for a blog post, in case you can’t figure out what to write.
The blogging collection is perfect for any blogger!
To use either planner, just copy the images, paste them into a google/word/page document, and print! (In the case of the Novel Planner, just print out how many pages of each you need- you might need many main character pages!) I usually keep mine together using a binder clip, but staples would also work. I make page dividers using sticky notes so I can easily flip to a page.
Structured Plotting Page:
Freeform Plotting Page:
Main Character Page #1:
Main Character Page #2:
Main Character Sheet #3:
Main Character Page #4:
Main Character Page #5:
Supporting Character Page:
Blog Ideas Sheet #1:
Blog Ideas Sheet #2
I hope you liked my planners and might find some use for them!
Recently, I received 1,000 follows on my instagram account, Writing With Style. I’m so appreciative to all those on Insta who helped me! I wanted to give a shoutout to people who inspired me along the way. If you want to follow a bookstagram/writing account, these are the people you should find:
Thanks for reading, and happy holidays!