I recently started using a bullet journal to track my novel projects, book sales, web stats, and writing tools and information. A couple of weeks ago, I made a video showing the section that included my NaNoWriMo prep. That video has had quite a few views, so I thought I’d share the rest of my writing bullet journal. It offers a behind the scenes view to writing and being an author.
- Deadly Valentine
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- Romantic Couples
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- With This Ring
I participate in NaNoWriMo every year and most years, I succeed in hitting the 50,000 word mark in 30 days. But more often than not, I’m squeaking out those last words as the clock ticks closer and closer to midnight Nov. 30. This year, I’d like to finish early, or at least, glide through NaNoWriMo without the stress of getting stuck with nothing to write. In order to do that, I need to prepare better than I usually do, which isn’t easy because I’m a pantster (write by the seat of my pants!)
Armed with my brand new writer bullet journal, and tips and worksheets found on the Internet, I’ve made a plan for plotting out my NaNoWriMo novel in October.
Here’s a video that shares my plan and shows off my bullet page spreads for my October NaNo prep.
Pictures of my Bullet Journal page spreads as well as links to resources mentioned in the video are listed below.
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
Leuchtturm 1917 Hard Cover 5.8″ x 8.3″ (A5) Lime Green, Dotted/Points (other colors available)
Bullet Journal Stencils
NaNoWriMo Divas Facebook Group
Writing and Selling a Mystery Novel by Hallie Ephron
Classic 12-Chapter Mystery Formula
Outline Your Novel (3 Act Structure)
Elements of a Scene (lots of other great novel writing downloads as well)
*Note: some resources above contain affiliate links, which means that I may receive a small commission from the product company if you purchase something through the links provided. I only post links to items I’ve used and enjoy.
I perused a couple of “great romantic couples” lists, and found, to my surprise, that nearly all them featured romances that ended tragically. However, when I did a poll about favorite romantic couples the only tragic couples on the list were Scarlett and Rhett (3.5% vote … and who I think probably did ultimately end up together even without the sequel), and Romeo and Juliet, who didn’t get a single vote.
That got me thinking:
What makes a great enduring love story?
You can check out the lists here:
Top 20 Most Famous Love Stories in History and Literature
Classic Romance Novels Worth Reading
What do you think makes a great love story?
I love talking about books and writing, so I thought it would be fun to start a little video blog discussion books, writing and life. The theme of this first episode of Read, Write, Live with Harte is “second chance at love,” and in it I share my all time favorite second chance at love book, tidbits on writing second chance at love stories, and give real life examples of people who took a second chance on love. I hope you enjoy it:
Mentioned in the show:
Persuasion by Jane Austen (book)
Persuasion by Jane Austen (movie)
Meant to Be by Jenna Harte
Disclosure: Affiliate links are used for the above items.