I think we can all agree that there is no one right way to write. Some thrive on routine, methodically writing 1000 words a day, while others can knock out an entire novel in a weekend with nary a thought about organization. Some swear by Morning Pages, and others write what they want, when they want. There as many “right ways” to write as there are individuals.
But, as writers, we also know how to borrow ideas, inspiration, and habits from others in an effort to improve our writing, and the way in which we go about writing.
Bullet Journaling is a system, as described on the bulletjournal.com website: “The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. It will teach you to do more with less.”
But Bullet Journaling is more than that, and this is the part that many who write about it forget to emphasize. Trapper Keepers are a system. The Cornell note taking system is a system. KonMari is a system. All of them work for some people, and not others. But they will not work if you don’t make it a routine, a part of your daily habit. When you do that, you not only make using the system a habit, you make thinking about the object of your system a daily habit. Using a bullet journal to organize your writing life will not only help you to organize your writing tasks, but it will provide an avenue for reflection and meta-cognition, both essential to improving your writing.
Why the Bullet Journal?
- Because inspiration hits me at 2 in the morning like a bolt of lightning, and I need somewhere to write things down before they escape into the ether.
- Because I need motivation to edit & revise
- Because, without a plan to accomplish writing tasks, I flounder, sometimes for months
- Because, as stated above, reflecting on my writing as part of my daily routine is essential to my growth as a writer
I’ll share much more here in future posts about what using a Bullet Journal for writing looks like (BuJo Basics & Spreads), how you can use it to help motivate yourself (Motivation), how to use it to plan and set goals (Planning), and how to use it to reflect on your writing (Reflection). See you back here real soon!