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Book design, Trello templates and how to use your notebook

Plus how to write a book and a very pretty weekly planner.

Iain Broome
Iain Broome
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Book design, Trello templates and how to use your notebook

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See that lovely-looking weekly planner in the image above? It is from the always-delightful Present and Correct, a stationery shop that will keep both you and your wallet busy for the next 20 minutes.

Now, I use Todoist to keep track of what the hell I'm supposed to be doing each day. But I also throw in a load of Post It notes on walls and windows. It can be very confusing, so I've been looking for something like this planner. I'll take an exciting picture when it arrives.

In other news, I'm still working on updating my website. It's looking prettier. I'll explain my plans a little more in a future email, but I can tell you now I've moved from WordPress to Ghost. It was much trickier than I imagined it would be.

If I had to do it all again, I would likely use Gloat, which is run by a chap called Dan Rowden, a developer who knows his Ghost and does all the tech stuff for you for a very reasonable price.

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The hilarious art of book design

This is a great (and very funny) talk by book designer, Chip Kidd. Lots of good stuff on the importance of first impressions and how to show not tell. I send this to you on the day 600 books are published in the UK. Writing a book is very difficult. Publication too. Getting noticed? Cripes alive.

10 Trello templates for writers

While I use Todoist for my own tasks, I've long been a Trello fan for managing projects and working with other people. This collection of templates are a great way for you to get started if you want to organise your own writing projects.

How to set up your notebook

I've never quite found the right system for keeping a regular notebook. This piece from the theatre of christi newsletter features a simple five-point method that is not at all complicated but still sounds really useful. I like the idea of taking the best stuff from one notebook and adding it to the next.

How to Write a Book: 23 Simple Steps from a Bestseller

There are two things I like about this bumper guide by Jerry Jenkins. First, it is full of practical advice on writing and putting yourself in a position to complete a big book project. Second, it's actually quite pretty and set out in a way that makes it easy to go back and find the best bits.

How I turned my toxic Twitter timeline into a free learning resource

This is an interesting one. Twitter has changed so much in the last few years, but if you use it well you can get lots from it without having to put up with too much nonsense. I'm a big fan of Twitter lists and bookmarks to help me get to and keep the good stuff. But taking the time to make sure you are following the right people – and liking the right content – is probably time well spent.

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