I love to plan. I’ve been a planner since I can remember. I used to fall asleep as a child planning my future.
My first planner? A cordovan Franklin Covey A5 binder. Zip. (You planner nerds will be able to translate.)
Now, I use a Moleskine grid notebook, and I do a loose version of bullet journaling.
What is Bullet Journaling?
A man named Ryder Carroll turned this into a thing. You can read more about the system here.
The thing is, I don’t use all those different symbols. I’m more of a list-maker, but then I organize those lists.
And better yet? I can even organize my stories.
How Do I Use a Bullet Journal for Organizing a Story?
Granted, I’ve only organized a short story of about 6,000 words so far, from start to finish, in a journal. But it was nice to have the story in my bullet journal as I toted it around town. I could flip to it and brainstorm whenever I wanted to.
I also typed and pasted revision notes into the bullet journal. Again, it was nice to tote around in a journal I was already carrying.
The biggest take-away point? You want to have immediate access to your story. I’ve tried Evernote, but I’m not much of a digital girl when it comes to revision and massaging a story. I need to write and highlight and doodle.
And that’s how my bullet journal fits in.