I use a lot of Post-it notes in my actual job as a content designer.
And those of you who've followed my nonsense for a while will know I used Post-its to plan big chunks of my debut novel, A is for Angelica. I have a simple system for doing it and I've been promising to share it for a decade. I keep forgetting. One day soon.
The image above is from Sheffield-based author, Letty Butler who shared her Post-it planning on Twitter this morning. The magic of Post-its is that all you need is an empty wall or window and you can stick things up and move them around as much as you like. Being able to stand back and see your whole book in one place is pretty handy.
But what if you don't have a spare wall or you prefer to keep things digital? Well, I've spent the last year using two tools in particular that are perfect for doing something similar to Letty but on a shiny, bright screen.
- Miro allows you to create virtual sticky notes on a huge canvas. You can connect notes, move them around, and work in real-time with other people. It is very powerful.
- Mural does all of that too, but with fewer bells and whistles. My preference is Miro, but you may find Mural easier to pick up and get going.
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I spotted Hypernotes on Product Hunt this week, but haven't had chance to give it a try. It has strong Notion vibes, but with other stuff you might be interested in, like mind mapping and outlining features.
Some no-nonsense truth-bombs in this blog post by Matt Casbourne. Turns out your chances of making it aren't entirely dependent on your book being, you know, really, really good.
Chuck Wendig articulating a lot of what I've always said about writing every day. Basically, you do not need to write every day. There are times when you need to push. But most importantly, find and do what works for you.
The latest version of Ghost is out. If you're looking to start a blog, newsletter or try something new with your website, you should take a look. I'm looking at squishing my personal website and this very newsletter together using Ghost. Will keep you posted.
Enjoyed this tale of publishing triumph and woe from author, David Hollander. From what I know, there is no one publishing experience for authors. We are each thrown to the wind and swirled away by serendipity, misfortune or most likely, a little of both.
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