Bullet Journal for Writers, Writer’s Bible, and Novel Notebook
Quite a few of my YT subscribers requested that I go back through my outlining process since I’m revamping my “Witchy Business” book, now titled “The Seventh: The Carolina Witches Chronicles.” The second book in the series is called, “The Curse of Seven: The Carolina Witches Chronicles.” In order to do the book(s) justice, I really need to revamp the outline, not just the POV. Originally I used 1st person POV. I soon realized, while working on a completely different novel, that the “Witchy Business/The Seventh” book needed 3rd person POV. Funny how that works… it’s not always shiny new ideas that tempt us while writing, it can be old ideas that won’t leave us alone that also tempt us.
I took a look at the original outline, including the videos from the outline process, and I realized I had the right idea… at least for the most part, but my antagonist was not thought out enough, nor did I have a clear ending. I need to come up with my last sentence… that sentence just before I have my husband type “The End,” (like in Stephen King’s Bag of Bones”).
When I first started writing again all I could think about was writing. I soon realized, after NaNoWriMo 2013, that pantsing wasn’t going to work. Not anymore. I hadn’t written fiction in almost two decades, so I needed to find my writing voice, figure out my groove again. That took a bit of time, but after a year (or more) I found my voice, and slowly found my groove, in part because of Arwen Lynch’s eCourse 33 Days to Finish Your Novel. (The original video playlist where I followed the course to outline my novel is on YT here.) After using Arwen’s eCourse to outline the Witchy Business novel for NaNoWriMo 2015, I found that I also liked the book Tarot for Writer’s by Corrine Kenner. Since then I’ve been finding my own groove using that combination.
I’ve also found that keeping my “writing stuff” in my Jonelifish (aka my “writer’s bible) has been helpful. When I initially set it up I had quite a few inserts in there, but as time passed, I’ve slowly but surely found my groove with that as well–and I now have what I am calling a writer’s bullet journal (based on Ryder Carroll’s Bullet Journal method), a writing journal, and a novel notebook. I write the bulk of my novel by hand, putting each chapter into the computer as I finish it (editing as I transfer my handwritten novel into the computer).
The first time I set a bullet journal for writing it worked but not as well as I had hoped, and I soon realized it was because I had too many other things in there as well. Sometimes less is more. This time, I decided to do things a bit differently. The video above explains things in much more detail, but suffice to say, my writer’s bullet journal will be put to great use over the next few months–I am starting a new outlining series for my “witchy business” novel this Wednesday, February 1st. Since I need to revamp the novel, switch POV, change the first chapter, etc. I’m starting from (almost) scratch. The pen I’m using in the above picture is a TWSBI Eco Clear, M nib.
For additional information regarding Arwen’s method of outlining using Tarot check out this video. Arwen’s YT video using Tarot for writing: https://youtu.be/V90tAWykxVY
Some of the Tarot Decks I use:
Wizards’ Tarot Deck by Corrine Kenner: http://amzn.to/2cC5xI2
Rider Waite Tarot Deck: http://amzn.to/2dfPRvb
Radiant Rider Waite Tarot Deck in Tin: http://amzn.to/2d16J9M
Lord of the Rings Tarot: http://amzn.to/2ct75Xk
The Hobbit Tarot: http://amzn.to/2ditJTQ
The Witches Tarot: http://amzn.to/2d16VWA
And if you would like your own Jonelifish Traveler’s Notebook check out the website for Jonelifish here: https://jonelifish.com If you use my code: “Burgess10” You can get 10% off your Jonelifish purchase—good for all items except for custom orders, which are not listed in the shop but are made through contacting them.
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