Hi everyone, it’s Kara here from Boho Berry and I’m back with a brand new video for you all today. Last week I know I promised to come back with a recap of my mega planning weekend, and I still have that in store for you, however this video kind of took precedence. The main reason for that is that this video is all about NaNoWriMo, and for those of you that don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, you are in for a treat. If you’ve ever wanted to write a novel, write a book NaNoWriMo is for you. It is short for National Novel Writing Month, and I announced on my blog earlier last week that I’m actually going to be participating in my first ever NaNoWriMo this year. The gist of NaNoWriMo is that it’s a challenge, it takes place every November, and your goal is to write a 50,000 word novel, from scratch, throughout the month of November. So you start on November 1st and you have to submit your novel by the end of November at midnight on November 30th. And if you are able to do at least 50,000 words you win. And NaNoWriMo is something that I have thought about doing for several years now and I never really got around to it. I always said that I didn’t have enough time, and funny enough this year when I have a million things on my plate was the year that I was like “Hey, I’m gonna go for it, It’s now or never”. So I’m really excited to be doing NaNoWriMo this year and I’m excited to write some fiction. I haven’t really written a whole lot of fiction really since my high school years. I used to write a lot of short stories and poems and things along those lines, and I kind of lost that throughout the years and I’m excited to dive in and write a fiction novel. If you’re curious about how I’m getting started with NaNoWriMo, I’ll link you to last week’s blog post and then I’ll also have a companion blog post for this video out today, so definitely head to my blog to check those out. Today’s video is all about my NaNoWriMo bullet journal. Originally my plan was to just track my NaNoWriMo progress and do my NaNoWriMo planning within my current bullet journal. However, I soon realised that I was writing down a lot of information like resources, and plot ideas, and things along those lines, and that made me realise that I was going to run out of room in my bullet journal very very soon if I kept that up. So the idea was born to have a separate notebook for my NaNoWriMo planning and I have dubbed it a bullet journal because I’m actually using a lot of the bullet journal basic techniques in order to keep everything organised. So today I’m going to give you a quick overview of how I’m using this notebook to plan for NaNoWriMo, and I also have a special treat for you at the end, so stay tuned. So if we’re ready, let’s do it, let’s open her up. I started with my favourite, an A5 size Leuchtturm, in a dot grid. This is the Lime Green color and I’m kind of in love with it. I never really thought I would like this color, and kind of on a whim I was like: “You know what, I want something different, I want something bright” so I went with this Lime Green and I love it so much! Okay, so let’s open her up and I’ll show you the inside. So on the very first page you’ll see that I have this set up in true bullet journal style, I have my index at the front and I’ve decided to use a little color code as well. So green is for world building, purple is for plot orange is for characters, light blue is for titles, and pink is for my general planning pages. So I have all of these color coded here and then they are also color coded throughout the book. You’ll see when I turn the pages here a little bit you can see my color codes on the edges of the pages. My idea here is that I’ll be able to easily flip to, if I’m trying to do some character development I know I can flip to my orange pages and get some ideas on whatever I’m working on. So we turn in, I’ve got our index here, and then I did a little cover page. I’m planning on doing some little doodles and decorating this a little bit more, but I just wanted to have a little cover page here. And then my very first spread is my Preptober checklist: and Preptober is what a lot of NaNoWriMo participants call the month of October because a lot of people, me included, like to have a really solid plan when you head in to actually writing on November 1st. So my plan in October is to have my plot outlined, have all my characters at least mostly developed, and do some world building as well, so I wanna have a general idea of my story, how I want everything to go. That way when November 1st comes I can hit the ground running. Now in the NaNoWriMo world there are planners like me, and then there are pantsters, and pantsters are the people that fly by the seat of their pants. On November 1st they might have a general idea of what they’re gonna write but they don’t have an outline done or anything like that, they just hit the ground running and start writing. And if you are one of those people, kudos to you, I wish I was that way. Unfortunately, the way my mind works I would freak out and just freeze and not be able to write anything. So having a general idea and a plan in my head for me is the way to go. So on the left hand side here I have my checklist for the month of October I’m doing pretty well on it. And then throughout this you’re gonna see quite a few resources that I’ve pulled off the internet, different blog posts that I’ve loved, and things like that. And this is one of them, this is one of my very favourite resources for novel writing, especially in the month of November. It’s from BetterNovelProject.com and she has a NaNoWriMo outline, and the idea here is, in these pre-stages these are what you’re going to do in the month of October: you’re going to get your idea for your story, chart your characters, and then describe your plot. So you have a general idea and then outline everything. And then based on this story structure if you write 1,667 words per day, which comes out to 50,000 words at the end of the month, and you write 1667 words on each of these topics, you’ll have a rough draft of your novel. So I’m not sure if I’m gonna follow this per se, but it was a pretty cool layout and a pretty cool idea, so I decided to throw it in my bullet journal for future reference. After that I have my two monthly logs. This is another nod to the bullet journal system, and I have one for October and one for November. So this is basically my prep month – Preptober. So I decided to kinda color code this as well with tasks and events for NaNoWriMo, with my work schedule and my personal schedule as well. The idea here is that I’ll be able to kind of see what I have going on during both of those months and be able to plan around that. So in November I have a lot going on personally: I’m going to be doing some travelling, and there’s a couple of birthdays in there, and of course Thanksgiving so there’s going to be some days when I’m not going to be getting a whole lot of writing done So my plan was to have this at-a-glance so that I can see when I need to write more, when I can afford to write less, and try to plan everything out so that I can hit that 50,000 goal at the end of the month. After that, I have some ideas for titles, and you’ll notice some of these I have some little sheets washi taped over. That is just because they are complete spoilers for my book, and I don’t want to leak any of that out before anything is written. I have some title ideas, I have some plot ideas, different plot twists Then I have a list of character names. And basically what I’ve done here is I’ve gone online or thought through my memory of different names that I love and I’ve just written them down – male and female and some surnames. And then I’ve started combining them into some of my favourite combos And I have this blocked out as well because quite a few of these ended up becoming characters for my novel so I don’t wanna spill those beans quite yet either! And then after that I have some character archetypes. I got this from another website, up here, it’s tamicowden.com And she has a great breakdown of some different character archetypes, so we have heroes, heroines, and villains. So I just wrote a short synopsis from her website of each of the different archetypes so I have those for future reference later. And then after that this is from shesnovel.com, I loved this little list she had of 33 ways to write stronger characters. So I decided to include that within my journal as well. And then after that I went on to personality types, and for personality types I like to use the Myers Briggs assessment, or MBTI. And I love this because I can quickly see at a glance each of the different 16 personality types, what their main characteristics are. And I got these brief descriptions from a website called 16personalities.com And on that site you can actually take a test for whatever your personality type is, so you go on there and take a test and it’ll let you know what your personality type is from the Myers Briggs, and it’s really cool to get those insights. And every time I’ve taken this test for the most part I get INFJ, every once in a while when I take it I get INFP so I feel like I’m kind of inbetween those, but I love it because once you know your characters, if you go onto this website and take the test from your characters’ perspective, you can get a lot more insight into your characters as they evolve, it’s really really cool, so I love that. And then this list here is again those 16 personalities, and I wish I had a reference for this it was just an image on Pinterest, and when I tried to find the source of the image I could not find it. But I copied it down, and I really liked it because it broke down each of the personalities and what their main characteristic is, and then a few of their different strengths and weaknesses. So I really liked having that in here as well After that I have a couple of pages for world building, I have some different settings where my story can take place. And then magics and sciences, so getting really into – because my novel is actually gonna be a sci-fi novel so it’s going to have more science than magic, but I really liked having a place to just jot down quick ideas for different ideas for sciences and magics that could occur in my story. After that I have some plot archetypes, so these are some typical plot themes that are found in books. I found this online as well in a variety of places and I kinda just summarised the seven different plot archetypes. And then I have a page on the right here for ‘What if’ questions. And I really like ‘What if’ questions, especially when you’re trying to think of different sciences and magics if you’re doing a fantasy or a sci-fi novel, I feel like those ‘What if’ questions really help you to kind of further everything. So I have a couple here. I decided not to blank them out because they don’t directly correspond with my current story, but I thought you might find them interesting. So ‘What if human souls could live on the internet?’ or ‘What if everyone has a visual expiration date?’ So any time a ‘What if’ question comes to my mind, I gonna jot it down here. And then after that I have my NaNoWriMo tracker. And if you saw my blog post last week then you will remember that I had a different kind of tracker setup, and that was this one that I created and printed and put in my Filofax, which P.S. I’m going to be moving into my Filofax at the beginning of next month. So the Plan With Me video this month is going to be all about me transitioning into my Filofax which is so exciting! But this is the original tracker that I came up with. It’s a little more in-depth I have my daily goal, my daily actual, words-to-date goal, words-to-date actual, and how many words to go. And then I have this setup to where I can just color it in and write in rewards for my milestones along the way While I really like that, I kind of got to thinking, and I was like “How can I make this different?” in my NaNoWriMo bullet journal?” And I decided that I wanted to do a line graph. So it’s kinda based on the line graph that exists on the NaNoWriMo website, which is nanowrimo.org. I decided to do a line graph And when I set it up here on the left hand side I had all this room on the right, so I decided “What the hey, I’m gonna draw a bookcase” So I got to doodling in here and I decided to draw my little bookcase. And, lo and behold, when I finished it up the idea hit me like “Oh man, I should have done it to where each book was a day and I had 30 books on the shelf, and I have to color one in for each day that I write in November.” And once I did that I decided to count them and I realised that on these top four shelves there are exactly 30 books. So I think it was meant to be. So I decided to just color everything else in, leave those 30 books blank and then during the month of November I can color in a book for each day that I write. And then the way this line graph is going to work, you can see the faint mint line that goes up, and that goes up at a consistent pace, because your main goal is to write 1667 words per day. And then what I’m gonna do is draw a different line in a darker green, down here, and that is going to be the actual amount of words that I write, so that line is gonna be a little bit different than this main line. And for those of you curious, I colored this in with my Tombow Dual Brush pens. I really really love these pens because you can see I was able to color everything in and still, when I flip the page, you can’t see it on the other side. That is one of the reasons I absolutely love those markers, especially in the Leuchtturm notebooks there’s no bleed-through to the other side. So I highly recommend them if you’re doing something like that. And then, I belive this is my last page. Yep, this is character motivations, and I got this from shesnovel.com. She had a list of some different character motivations, and why you would want to give you characters motivations, and what motivations do to advance your story and things like that. So I really really liked that and I decided to throw that straight in. And that is it so far. I’m gonna have a lot more resources, a lot more planning pages in here as time goes on And one thing that I love about having this as a separate bullet journal is the fact that it’s gonna last me a lot longer – this is basically gonna be my writer’s journal, my writer’s bible, so any time I have ideas or resources or research, that’s all going to go in here. I have decided that I am going to be handwriting my novel. I know that sounds crazy, but I am going to be handwriting everything, so I’m actually gonna have a separate notebook in which I’m going to be handwriting my novel, so none of my actual writing is going to go in this journal. This is mainly for planning and reference and resources. Also I had posted a picture of this on Instagram earlier this week and y’all went gaga over it so I decided to turn it into a free printable for you all. So I actually have a couple of versions: a lot of people really liked the tracker itself, so I have the tracker with the bookshelf on the right hand side and this is printed on a regular 8.5×11 printer paper. So I have it set up to where you have this faint gray line as your goal, and then you can fill in your own color for your actual writing. And this will be available as a pdf so what’s great about that is you can resize it when you print it, so if you want to shrink it down to fit for example on the side of an A5 page you can absolutely do that. Another option is to just tape it in to your journal, as so. And then a lot of people wanted the bookshelf on its own, they thought it was really cute, which I agree, I think it’s adorable. So I did the bookshelf on its own and I did it nice and big to fit an 8.5×11 sheet of paper. The reason I did this is so that when you shrink it down it doesn’t lose any of its quality. So if you decide to download this one with just the bookshelf, remember you’re probably going to want to shrink it down so that it fits inside your A5 journal unless you have a larger journal and you want the larger size. Or maybe you just want to print it on a big piece of paper and color it in. Up to you. And as always, any of my free printables, they are always available in the Tribe Resource Library, which if you don’t know what that is, it’s a free resource library that all of my Tribe members have access to. To become a Tribe member you simply need to sign up for my email list, I’ll leave that link below for you as well and you’ll get a link and a password to access the resource library, and you’ll be able to log in and download not only this but any and all of my free printables that I have available for you all. So that is it y’all, I hope you enjoyed a tour of my NaNoWriMo Bullet Journal and I will look forward to seeing you all on Monday. Bye!