8 Bullet Journal Ideas for Writers


1. Create some character profiles. You could include key facts about your character (ethnicity, age, gender, etc.), a picture or drawing of them, pictures or drawings of things they like, or quotes from your WIP that pertain to them!

2. Keep track of your writing with some progress meters. Every time you write a certain amount of words, shade in the bar a little more. This can help keep you motivated to write!

3. Get out your brain junk. Have pages just for brainstorming - don't worry about making these pretty at all! Turn here whenever you need to dash down some ideas, and soon you'll have plenty of material for a story all in one place.

4. Feeling artsy? Why not create an aesthetic page for one of your WIPs?

5. Have an amazing character but no story to put them in? Did their story get thrown out with the trash, but the character themselves is still salvageable? Create a character orphanage section for characters without a story. Include some of the same things you have for character profiles, and turn here whenever you need a new character for a story.

6. If you're writing a fantasy story, keeping track of your fictional languages is very important. Even if the Gnomes in your story only ever say "Hello" in their own tongue, having a designated spot to flip to when you need to remember a phrase is much easier than scrolling back through the novel.

7. Name pages are awesome for when you have a name you can't quite peg a character to. That way, when a character or place is in need of a name, you have a one-stop shop for names you already like. This helps eliminate the keysmash name generators that can be seriously annoying.

8. What did your character do today? Create a short journal entry by your character. It can chronicle an average day in their life or a day during the chronology of the story - either way, it really helps you get inside their head.

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Do you do bullet journaling? How are your WIPs coming? Comment below, and remember that you are all very beautiful pickles <3

Namarië,
Ellie

22 comments:

  1. I am hearing so much about bullet journals! I've never tried it, but I'm considering it. These are some really cool ideas :)

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    1. I definitely recommend giving it a shot :) thank you!

      - Ellie

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  2. This is a great list! Doing character interviews are also super fun and helpful, though it can be hard to get any information out of the sassy ones who throw the questions back in your face... :D

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    1. Thank you! IKR, it's a struggle *sigh*

      - Ellie

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  3. I don't really keep a bullet journal for writing but I might consider these ideas for any writing work I'll be doing! I'm going to try participating in NaNoWriMo this year u__u

    the-emo-wolverine-writes.blogspot.com

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  4. Ahh this is super good advice. I should follow it, I've not written any fiction in months since i stopped writing on wattpad but character interviews and journal entries are really funny for getting in a characters mind.

    Thanks for keeping me inspired :)

    Anne // www.aportraitofyouth.co.uk

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  5. I love all these ideas- these would be so helpful to have on hand. Got to do a few :)

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  6. I don't know if this is the same thing, but I have a little journal now that I've recently just been 'unloading' into. I just draw quotes and pictures to match (my personal favourite to do is Oscar Wilde), but I've also been doing some mock book covers for a SUPER SECRET PROJECT that I've undertaken.


    (ps - I finally did the Greek Mythology Tag, and my inner geek approved :))

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    1. MOCK BOOK COVERS ARE GREAT. I think it counts! Everyone's bullet or art journals are different. Some are more like planners or sketchbooks, but mine is definitely more of a mashup of thoughts and lists.

      - Ellie

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  7. This is a lovely idea! Now I know what to do with all my random character drawings and etc. Thank you for making this post!

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  8. These are SUCH awesome tips, and I'm SO gonna use them. I'm currently almost twenty-eight thousand words into a novel and your advice could not have come at a better time.

    Loved this post.

    -T.
    x

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    1. Thank you so much! Best of luck to you :)

      - Ellie

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  9. These are all great ideas! Thank you for sharing them, I never know what to do with my bullet journal ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

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    1. Thank you! IKR, inspiration can be hard to come by sometimes. :(

      - Ellie

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  10. Oh my god a character orphanage!!! That is suck a smart idea. AHh I love this post!
    - Sarah🌙
    http://blackpapermoon.com

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  11. I've been seeing bullet journaling everywhere, and I'm kind of tempted to try it. I'm a total planner geek, so I have a feeling that I'd get into it easily, lol.

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    1. It's super fun; I definitely recommend trying it :)

      - Ellie

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