Why the Hobonichi Weeks to power my Writer’s Notebook?
Because I want only the data of intense personal interest—to which I refer most frequently—I chose the 69-Notes-pages Weeks rather than its heftier 212-page younger sibling. Another reason: the classic Weeks nestles fuss-free in virtually any pocket; the Mega’s comparative thickness balks at too many of those same pockets. Either way, the Weeks personifies portability in a manner untouched by its analog cousins.
Distinguish: Notebook vs Bullet Journal
A bullet journal eats active data, that is, information inserted throughout the day. The entries, mostly actionable in nature, call for attention until a ✓ appears next to it. Monthly calendars, future date-sensitive logs, weekly and daily spreads form the bujo’s contours, while a reference section, i.e. Collections, closes out the planning sidekick.
In contrast, my Writer’s Notebook hosts only reference data peculiar to writers. I restrict all dated events to my bullet journal. Likewise, neither actionable items nor daily/weekly logs appear. In short, this Writer’s Notebook forms Collections Central, start to finish.
Exploiting the Weeks’ Notes section for Collections
Most of the spreads destined to feed this notebook exist in another form, scattered among index cards, assorted bullet journals, and clipped scraps of paper. Weary of that helter-skelter non-helpful reality, I resolved to corral vital segments, update, and corral them into one go-anywhere container.
My progress chart schedules finalization of the Notes section by mid-November. I will finalize the associated Index after completing all insertions. Additional spreads, which I sense may assist fellow writers, will appear in due time. During the interim, you may find these spreads helpful.
Every bullet journal and analog notebook I fashion opens with quotes pages. No page duplicates another. Within the context of this Writer’s Notebook, a second set of quotes will follow pages 1 and 2, focusing exclusively on writer / writing flavored words of encouragement.
Word Count by Genre
I did not retain source info. Sorry ‘bout that. But for those demanding such info, Google is your friend. One thing I do distinctly recall: consulting and comparing multiple resources until satisfied regarding validity.
These rough draft spreads appear in an once-archived A6 Hobonichi Techo. I favor that book for hammering out details for projects, spreads, and the like.
Confession: some a vs. b words prove so troublesome I make a graceful exit. Read: I choose another word while editing. But my rough drafts conjure multiple SherlockReena-induced irritations (e.g, Really, SherockReena??! Honestly girlFriend, can you even breathe and write at the same time?). This spread, likely to span a half-dozen pages, will protect me from me, both in terms of proper usage and correct spelling.
Back during pre-Netscape days—when Gopher and WAIS served as THE primary net-based search mechanisms—I “viewed source” to teach myself basic HTML. Result: when WordPress inexplicably futzes formatting, I can jump into the Text Editor to spot and fix the error within seconds. Turns out, that skill carries over well to Kindle-related coding. Hence, I keep the basics unique to Kindle formatting at hand.
Yes, I know apps abound claiming to shield the writer from Kindle coding-related chores. But many apps, if not all, stumble at some point. These lists convert potential cuss-filled lengthy sessions into a 1–2 minute fix.
This facing-page spread pinpoints two specific types of HTML Coding:
- Friendly Tags: Kindle ❤️ wubs ‘em ❤️
- Customized Tags: Kindle’s way of saying 😊 me be special! 😇
Because the ePub3 issue muscles its way into Kindle discussions, I included a few related vital points.
Title and SubTitle
Talk ‘bout NEED to know info!
My Related Files / Pointers
I’ll fill in this template a bit at a time over weeks of evenings. Because I suspect I’m not alone in the organize-challenged department, I share this #BeforeThePen spread for your consideration.
I chose to present these spreads because my google forays for similar spreads left me starving.
This Hobonichi Weeks as Writer’s Notebook Series
The series opened with the calendar month section, converted into a word list repository. The usage respects my multi-year coverage intent.
The second article focused on the facing-page spread providing a Yearly Index / Overview. My reconfiguration yields a 2020-2023 overview of my writing sessions, by category: drafting, editing, research, and outline / organizing.
This article wraps the series formally, but related spreads will ease onto the site.