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5 Planners Perfect for Writers

Looking for the perfect planner for yourself or a writing friend? Look no further. Here are a few planners made *just* for writers.

There are dozens of approaches to organizing writing, life, and work, and each of these planners offers a unique perspective. Some are dated–specific to 2020–and some are not. Others are tailor-made for a particular type of writing (such as novel-writing).

The Novel Planner: an undated year-long planner available in paperback and PDF. It “includes undated monthly & weekly calendars, project organization tools, achievement trackers, and more”–an all-in-one day planner and project organizer for novelists. And you can buy it in not one but two colors–lovely!

Your Words Count: an undated six-month paperback planner for writers. This planner is perfect for aspiring authors; it is described as “the ultimate guide for the beginning of your writing career.” I *love* this one’s cover.

The Ultimate Authorship Planner: A more business-oriented, dated, year-long, coil bound planner. Created by a writing coach, this planner promises to “apply method to the madness of publishing” with space to plan everything from writing and editing to book launch. This planner is a bit pricier than the rest but looks like it’s packed with trackers and worksheets.

The 2020 Writer’s Process Planner: I’m definitely biased, but this dated year-long planner is AWESOME. It comes in printable PDF, hardcover, and paperback formats, is small enough to fit in your classiest bookbag, and is chock-full of concrete steps to take you towards your goals. This planner is flexible enough to meet the needs of fiction and nonfiction writers, and its trackers are perfect for both longer projects (novels and memoirs) and shorter projects (essays, short stories, and blog posts). Also, it’s designed by a working writer–me.

The Writer’s Workbook: Offering a slightly different approach, this is a paperback project workbook. It isn’t a day planner but helps you plan your book, billing itself as “a notebook of ideas for authors who are in the process of plotting a novel.” It would make a great companion to any of these planners. Another winning cover (I dig typewriters).

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What is The Writer’s Process Planner (& 3 reasons you need it)

What is The Writer’s Process Planner? It’s a few things:

  • A bullet-journal-style planner, with all of the weekly and monthly spreads drawn for you, plus annual trackers to chart your writing days, your mood, and writing-related accomplishments (like pitches to magazines). All you have to do is fill in your tasks and to-do’s, or jot down what you have already done.
  • A day planner for writers, with writing-specific ideas for how to be more productive and happier while writing.
  • A daily affirmation that you are a writer.
  • A cheerleader and a guide to help you figure out what to do next and even how to do it.

Thinking about buying The Writer’s Process Planner, but still on the fence? Here are three reasons to grab yours today:

  1. Are you doing Nanowrimo? If you grab a hard copy now, it will arrive in about a week…right when you need a reminder about why you though writing a novel in a month was a good idea. (Of course, if you buy the printable, you will get it right away.)
  2. Cross a writer off your Christmas list! It is so hard to shop for writers, because all we need is paper (and maybe that perfect pen). Enter The Writer’s Process Planner. It’s portable, pretty, and affordable. Also, it goes great with that perfect pen.
  3. You deserve it! Writing is hard work, and there are very few things that affirm our writer-hood. You can’t buy a badge or wear a sticker that magically makes you feel like a writer. But you can get a planner that is made just for writers like you–writers who work day jobs, writers who take care of families, writers who write when they are able (and always need more time). Using The Writer’s Process Planner is a daily affirmation that yes, you deserve to be doing this.

Ready to grab a copy? Click the buttons below!

Still on the fence? Check out this video preview. It includes the weekly and monthly spreads, all the trackers, and my awesome flannel shirt.

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The DIY Series is *FREE* on Amazon! 10/10 – 10/14

Hi friends!

To celebrate the wonderful month of October…and my birthday, I’m giving away DIY Writing Retreat and DIY Chick Lit for free on Amazon 10/10 – 10/14.

Both are *excellent* for preparing for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), and both are super fun. They are only currently available as Kindle ebooks, but you can read them on a computer, tablet, or phone if you don’t have a Kindle!

About DIY Writing Retreat:

DIY Writing Retreat - free all weekendDIY Writing Retreat: A Guide to Getting Away is a guide to making time and space for you to do exactly one thing: write. With step-by-step instructions to planning and running your own escape, DIY Writing Retreat will show you how to schedule time for your retreat, find a cabin or cabin-equivalent to stay in, and separate yourself from the rest of the world. Then, it will guide you through the entire retreat, from writing prompts to relaxing activities.

Written by the acclaimed author of DIY Chick Lit, this fun guide is sure to motivate writers at every stage, from aspiring authors to experienced novelists. Time to write alternates with fun activities that will energize you and keep you going. A worksheet guides you to reflect on your writing process and set goals for when you return home. There are even (super easy) recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Download it now!

 

About DIY Chick Lit:

a pink cover with a cupcake in the center, title: DIY Chick Lit/A Writing GuideDIY Chick Lit: A Writing Guide is a beginner’s guide to writing funny, snappy, sucks-you-into-the-story prose about modern women, life and love. Designed for the aspiring novelist, it’s full of tips and techniques, prompts and pep talks that will spark your imagination and inspire you to put pen to paper.

Originally published in 2013 as The Chick Lit Cookbook, this fun, cupcake-themed writer’s road map has been updated as part of acclaimed writing teacher Alicia de los Reyes’ DIY writing series.

DIY Chick Lit will take you from start to finish of your first draft in just 13 chapters, each with a short exercise that will get you writing now. Whether you’ve been wishing for years that you could write chick lit or are a brand-new fan of Bridget Jones and Becky Bloomwood, you owe it to yourself to pick up this guide.

DIY Chick Lit will prove to you that writing a novel can be fun and easy—it’s just like baking cupcakes!

Download it here!

Ends Saturday, October 14! Get them while you can!

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DIY Chick Lit & DIY Writing Retreat PDFs!

Great news! If you are tired of looking at your Kindle/device screen but still want to read DIY Writing Retreat and DIY Chick Lit, they are now available as PDFs…on Etsy!

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There is a brand new Scratch Paper Shop and I’ve already made my first sale (thanks, Sonia!).

Why would you want a PDF of my handy ebooks?

  • So you can print them out and write in them
  • So that you don’t have to take the internet with you on a writing retreat
  • So that you can flip the pages
  • So that you can put them in a sparkly binder!

And great news–through the end of March, you can buy one of my books and get the other free. Just use the code STPAT17 and add both of my ebooks to your cart.

Enjoy!