Getting better organized often helps your story and your character to come to life, especially if you are a panster. Having a clear picture of your plot, your characters, your world will help being more specific, add important details that will help your heroes to become three-dimensional, or help build your world by pointing out organically what's missing.
Take a regular binder and add partitions, sticky notes, decorations, envelopes, pockets, etc. Make it attractive and practical.
You need a binder that will appeal to you, make you want to go back to it day after day, something that inspires you, a place where you can explore the depth of your creativity.
Make sure you have five clearly delimited parts in your binder. These parts are all important and I will show you how to fill them in further articles.
Remember that you will flip back and forth between these parts as you write your novel.
Make sure you have big envelopes at the end. If you are in the middle of brainstorming and something comes up, you can stick your notes, cards, and research in there until next time.
- Make a cover for your binder that inspires you (I made mine out of clay and beads);
- Add quotes on the inside cover of the binder to keep your spirits high;
- Have sticky notes all over the binder that encourage you to keep writing;
- Have a timer handy;
- Have colored crayons and Elmer glue handy;
- Keep a box with decorations in it to highlight and add some interesting contasts to your notes;
- Have a small flat notebook to jut out notes as you go and to doodle or mind map.
Do you already have a binder? What do you typically use the most from the binder? Can you use other parts more effectively?