Nov 18, 2017

Nanowrimo Bullet Journal Tour!

Hey Book Bloggians!

Today I am giving you a look into my new bullet journal I got specifically to plan for Nanowrimo! I am really proud of the way it turned out and it has been SO HELPFUL so far this month! 

So without further ado let's just get into it! 😊

(P.S. Do you like the wintry landscape background of my header? I took the picture myself as we were driving down the road. I thought it would make a really pretty photo. 😉) 

So first up here is my bullet journal!

It is a Scribbles That Matter Pro Version and I got it on Amazon here. It's kind of expensive, but it is so worth it! I love it! I love the color, and I love that it has thick enough pages and a built in key page, index, a pen test page, and PRE-NUMBERED PAGES! Like THANK YOU that is so helpful!

 Here is my index page. I know the washi tape is a little crooked and my writing isn't lined up, but other than that I think it looks nice. 😊

Next is my title page. This is definitely my favorite page. I LOVE How it turned out! It was kinda hard figuring out the spacing, (I recommend using a PENCIL first and then filling it in later!) but I'm so glad that it actually looks really nice. I used a pencil compass to draw the circle and then I added all the decoration from an idea I found on Pinterest and filled it in with a black InkJoy gel pen and a green colored pencil.

On the next page I have a master list of all my characters, main and minor, and how they are related to each other and the main characters. I used a light colored strip of washi tape at the top for the header and wrote the title on top with a black fine point Sharpie.

Here is the first of my character sketches. I have her name, Melody, at the top, her age, Meyers-Briggs personality type, and since my book is set from the end of August through December, I noted all her favorite Halloween candy, Thanksgiving food, Christmas song, and other holiday related things. 😄

Here is a couple more character sketches as an example. They have the same things as Melody's.

Here is my playlist of songs for my novel. It is mostly all of my characters' favorite Christmas music, with a few extras that I think fit with my overall series. Lately I have been listening to Lindsey Stirling's version of the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from the Nutcracker over and over again while I write. 😆

This is a list of video references I made myself that I found on YouTube. I use it for visual inspiration for ballet class/rehearsal scenes, behind the scenes ideas from documentaries on how different ballet companies do their versions of the Nutcracker, and things like that. 

This is a little timeline of main events that happen in my novel (like when the auditions for the nutcracker are, the Halloween carnival, when dress rehearsals start, things like that) so I can glance at it for easy reference to know where I should be in my novel without having to read through my whole outline. 

I decided one of my characters was going to be from South Africa so this is a list of slang terms for her and how to use them correctly.

And last but not least this is the left side of my word count tracker! I stuck little motivational washi tape stickers on it to help encourage me (and also they are really cute) and I used the bullet points to make a grid with the 30 days on the left, and each column from left to right says: daily goal, daily actual, words to date goal, words to date actual, and words to go, and I fill them in as I go along. 

On the left side I have the word count that I need to be at daily, and I outlined the columns on the sides in blue pen to make a shadow effect, and I did the same to the column in the middle in pink, and I colored the boxes in their opposite colors with colored pencils as I made each goal. At the top I have a quote I love that I found on Pinterest; Writing is like showbusiness for shy people by Lee Child, which I think is very true. 😂 And at the bottom I have my reward: Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller, which I have been waiting all year to read, and now that I have a copy of it I decided to save it for after Nano so it can motivate me. 😆

Well, that's it for my bullet journal tour! I hoped you liked it! 😊 But before I go I wanted to share one last little photo with you. 
This Thursday I helped out at the church I go to to organize and pack shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, which is an organization that sends out shoe boxes full of Christmas gifts for kids in need in different countries. I had done this almost every year with my family when I was growing up, but we would just go shopping for the boxes, wrap them, and drop them off at our church. This was the first year that I got to go behind the scenes and actually help check that there wasn't anything that wasn't supposed to be in there (this year we had to leave out toothpaste and candy and stuff because of customs issues) and help secure them and get them ready to be shipped out. It is so fun seeing all of the little personal touches that some families put in their boxes, like pictures of their kids, and hand written letters, teddy bears, clothing, and really special things like that. It is really fun to help and put a lot of love into it and imagining what the look on the face of whatever kid thousands of miles away that you will never meet will be like. It is one of my favorite (and few) Christmas traditions that I grew up with. 😊

Here they are all ready to go. We had 135 boxes in total! 😄 


What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? How is Nano going for you? I am currently at 28,342 words, so I am on track, (although I have gotten behind a few times already and had to write 3,000 words the next day 😳) and yesterday I officially beat my personal best! Though I am kind of frustrated with my novel because even though I have enough words, I am not very far in my story at all, so I think I need to skip some scenes and just write what I want to to move things along and so I won't go insane. 😆



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