I got the idea for this post randomly, and it’s basically a bit of filler into how I go about my planning process for my posts and story ideas, as well as other projects I may be working on.
It pretty much stretches from the planning process to the actual writing and how I manage to do it. So without further ado, here I go!
I’ve never taken much stock in planning stuff, and I usually just wrote stuff down in notebooks. But recently, I’ve taken to using a planner like this one from TK Maxx. I managed to get a 17-month planner, that runs from August 2019 until the end of December 2020, and I’ve planned every single iota of my life through this planner. I love it so much, and I’m happy I managed to find it! I make notes of when I need to schedule incomplete posts for and highlight them when they’re scheduled.
For writing normal notes, I usually buy this kind of notebook from Wilko, but I’ve just started using this one from Neon Sheep. Neon Sheep is a relatively new shop that’s opened up in Lincoln, and I had to get this notebook because it fills me with motivation every time I take it out. Honestly, I’ve taken it upon myself to use up every notebook that I have lying around the house until I’m allowed to buy more because I’ve had a habit of buying more notebooks for the sake of buying notebooks.
I rarely use pens for note-taking anymore, unless I’m writing on letters (the usual ‘return to sender’ malarkey). Instead, I’ve started using pencils, just in case I write something in my planner and it gets rescheduled – and then I can easily erase the appointment or submission. So I use some simple, cheap pens you could get from the local stationery store.
My new favourite thing for planning now is my set of highlighters! I bought this set of pastel-coloured highlighters from Wilko a while back, and I’m so happy that I did! Not only do they look pretty, but I’ve also colour-coordinated all of my submissions and bill schedule. For example, when a bill is paid, I highlight that bill in green, whereas when a planned submission is finished and scheduled, I highlight it in orange.
Ring-bound Folder and Paper
I’m working on a campaign for World of Darkness, and I have a ring-bound folder and paper purely for all of my planning. Of course, there will be some stuff printed, but I want to be able to go to my notes when something happens in-game or to check the rules for my homebrew ideas and items.
I would use a laptop for all of this, but it takes more time, and I would be using that for my soundtracks.
The Actual Stuff
I do my blogging purely on WordPress, it’s just so easy to keep drafts on here! As for what computer I blog with – I actually have two. My main computer is a custom-build by a friend of mine who works in the industry, and I’ve had it nearly four years now (I also stream using this computer). My fail-safe is my laptop, which I’ve had for a few months now, and it’s so compact and easy to use when I don’t feel like sitting at a desk, and instead like lying in bed and typing (especially if I have other injuries come up).
However, I usually prefer writing on my main computer, as I have a dual-monitor set-up to help me research and watch videos while also doing the work on the other screen. Not only that, I tried doing some research for an upcoming series on my laptop, and I got such a bad migraine, so I had to change to my computer to get the work done.
I’ve been commended on my fast typing by people on my Intro to Teaching Assistant, as they aren’t that great with computers and I’ve been using them since I was about 9 years old. I’ve near enough grown with computers and I’ve been writing short stories since I was 12, I would say. I just kept them hidden from everyone for a very long time.
I want to know what sort of tools you guys use to make your thoughts a reality! Let me know in the comments what your kind of set-up consists of!