Getting Organized

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I am a messy writer. When I am working on a story I have notes on index cards, in journals, on random pieces of paper lying around my apartment, on my computer. Piles and piles of notes.

I kept telling myself  

YOU NEED TO GET ORGANIZED

And so I did. I made myself two notebooks in which I could keep a few facts about my characters and settings and a place to keep ideas together.

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Author Notebook: Characters

Facts matter. Organize your writing by keeping track of your characters in one easy to access space while saving you time.

No more scattered notes, or messy files on your computer. No more having to search through your manuscript for factual information about your characters that keep your writing consistent.

 The details that are on the worksheets include the character’s physical appearance, place of residence, education, family ties, childhood, mannerisms, jobs, flaws, traits and goals.

Whether this is your first book or you’ve written several or have characters that appear in a series the Author Notebook will help you stay organized and focused on your writing.

The notebook has two parts. On the right is a fact page for you to fill in for each of your characters. On the left is a blank page for you to add notes as reminders, inspirations and ideas as you go along writing your book. It measures 6 x 9” (15.24 x22.86 cm) in size and has 102 pages.  

Author Notebook: Settings

A setting can bring life to your book, especially if it is fresh and unique. That is why it is so important. However, it is also important to vary your settings so as to keep your reader interested.

This notebook on settings is to help you keep track of the places your characters inhabit and their physical and emotional interaction with the setting.

A setting can conjure up memories that can help advance the plot and while different characters can be in the same setting, depending on their mood and past experiences, they will notice and react differently to the details of the setting.

The Author Notebook sheets help you to describe places, weather, seasons, sensual details, feelings and memories which a setting can trigger. This enables you, the author, to notice at a glance, whether you have varied these details and how your character relates to them.

The notebook has a sheet on the righthand side with the title of your book and the character’s name followed by three blocks of setting details.

On the left is a blank page to add your notes as you go along creating your story world. It measures 6×9” (15.24×22.86 cm) and contains 102 pages. 

Both notebooks are now available on Amazon:

Character Notebook

Setting Notebook