How to Create a Simple NaNoWriMo Bullet Journal

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing month in which you are challenged to write 50k words in one month during Novemeber. 50k words as that’s the basic length of a novel.) is right around the corner and I’ve been using up all my free time to ready for it. I have a plot in mind, I have characters in mind, and now to put all ideas and plans down onto paper. All thanks to Boho Berry’s NaNoWriMo Bullet Journal video I had watched last year, I had been intrigued with creating my own version of it, except in my case, I call it my Writing Bullet Journal. But during Novemember, I guess it’s more-so a NaNo– you get the point.

I pulled out my old Moleskine that served as my first writing bullet journal and have decided to use it again for NaNoWriMo. I used it back for last year’s NaNo. It’s still a relevant bullet journal of mine.

So onto the how-to part of this blog post, shall we?

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Creating a Writing Bullet Journal

First Off: What is a bullet journal?

The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. It will teach you to do more with less.

Think of it as a journal for all your lists like to-watch, to-read, to-do, shopping, meal planning, activity tracker, etc. all in one notebook. I keep one. And added on top of that, I’ve made something very few have made (or at least, very few have shared over the internet). A writing bullet journal.

That’s right. Writing.

Below will be a list of things you can include in your writing bullet journal for things such as a personal novel, NaNoWriMo, and basic note-taking.

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Character Interview: Addison

This is in thanks to the inspiration I got off of Amelia E. Browne’s character interviews.

Addison lowered herself onto the stiff couch beside the armchair w
here the interviewer sat. Her face was stiff, showing her discomfort. It was apparent that she didn’t want to be here.

“Now remember, Addison. This is for the kingdom’s newspaper. You’re bound to honesty,” said the interviewer.

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Update: Camp NaNoWriMo, My Novel, and New Free Printable Novel Planner!

*deep breath* Yes, that’s right. Just a few days ago I officially decided to join in on Camp NaNoWriMo. Currently, I’ve been working more and more on my novel’s new second draft (I’m calling it Forgiven: 2nd Draft 2.0) and I figured that since I’ve just started on getting chapter one ready to write, I’d join in to maybe help motivate myself more.

In case you’re wondering what Camp NaNo is:

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Useful Apps Writers Should Know About

1. Free! Hemingway Editor

This helpful website is perfect for fixing and cleaning up sentences for anything from essays to reports and stories. It helps you through complex and dense sentences, common errors, suggesting bigger words for small and common words, adverbs, and more.

I personally find this website useful since I tend to do a lot of run-on and complex sentences.

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Free NaNoWriMo Printout Worksheets

I know how serious preparation can get when it comes to NaNoWriMo. Especially if you’re like me and have a weird obsessions with filling out worksheets for fun and know that there’s always going to be new ideas to come out of it. So here is a group of worksheets I’ve created for you guys to freely download, printout, whatever. I’m warning you now that I’ve never really created worksheets before, or dealt with styles and formatting of such things, so you guys will have to bare with how I’ve created them.

These are just links to my dropbox, if anyone wanted to know.

Please Note: You don’t have to use these just for your NaNoWriMo novel, you can even use these for anything you desire!

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