How to…

Bullet journalling is all the rage, and as The National Novel Writing Month is only 53 minutes away I’m sure lots of bullet-journallers will be scribbling away getting their beautiful journal ready for day 1.

First of all bullet journal… as far as I understand it, it’s a do-it-yourself diary where you have an empty book which you create everything you need to keep track of your life, including target setting.

Here is an interesting ‘how-to’ page:

… and how it introduces the idea:

 “A personal bullet journal is a quick and flexible system that helps you track short and long-term goals. You set up your journal into sections by month, week, and year. From there, you track what needs to get done. You also track significant events and milestones. While starting a bullet journal can seem confusing, with some patience and energy you will find a bullet journal is a great way to stay organized.”

… and if you like, here’s a short youtube:

So how would this be useful to someone undertaking the NaNo challenge?  The NaNo site is excellent – I have found, where you can set tracking goals, targets etc really simply. However it seems some people have embraced the idea of tracking through bullet journalling and making their journal fun and pretty. Some are really intricate and people have pages and pages of notes and plans and timelines and timescales and family trees and tasks and… and… and…

…and I just wonder how many of these keen and enthusiastic people will actually get down to writing? Will they become so obsessed with their journal that instead of it being a very useful tool it becomes an end in itself? Some people have posted great youtube videos of what they have achieved… I’m in admiration! Some of them are works of art, coloured in or with stickers and ribbons, they are gorgeous… but are they practical? (Not that they have to be, they can be fun, of course they can!)

With NaNo challengees who have produced these wonders as part of their scheduling what they arr going to write and how, will they find they have they spent so long planning every move their hero makes, every scene in detail, every area they need to research, plus such things as writing sprints, targets, word-counts, useful web-sites, (and what are plot bunnies?) that I wonder if they will actually be sick of their project by the time they get to do it?

I shall be really interested to follow up how journallers find the actual challenge… I’m going to try in my own way, but I fear it will be very random, possibly difficult to make sense of, and maybe a distraction… we shall see!

PS My featured mage is how I hope my writing will be, gently steering my way through the plot, my characters calm and in control and with an eye on their target.


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