Confession time… the filofax family is about to be enlarged (again).
I’m a wannabe writer and about to start planning my 4th novel and have been considering what to use as the planning notebook. I’ve used a ring-bound A4, an A4 Moleskine and random bits of paper in the past and although each has worked okay, there are obvious advantages and disadvantages to each. For a start, although I like the bound planners to be able to keep all my notes together, the inability to move things around is quite frustrating. Hence, a ring-bound system might work a lot better – then when I have odd ideas about something, I can put them into the correct section, rather than having to label the top of every page or keep a table of contents in the front.
Of course, as I said in a very early post on here, there’s no joy in using a standard, plastic ring binder…
Also, the A4 pages, whilst being great for many things, were often too big. Coupled with that, I was using index cards as scene planners, which were loose and not in the planner.
I already had some scene planner templates that I had adapted from ones on the DIY Planner site. A5 is a lovely size in many ways for notes and so on and so I have decided to buy a(nother) A5 domino in ultraviolet. They are still on offer in WHSmiths (£18 - use the Philofaxy link to raise money for charity) but I still won’t want the contents (so check out the For Sale section here in a few days if you need any A5 bits and bobs!), just the binder. I can easily print out scene planner pages (and other pages I use) in booklet-format and then punch them to go into the different sections.
I’m probably going to make my own dividers for it (because, frankly, the ones that come with it are too dull) and have already ordered myself some pretty card to do so. I was going to order some tabs so that I could make two dividers from each sheet of card, but then I had an idea… why not still just cut the A4 card in half, but when I punch the holes in them, punch them lower down, and use the extra bit at the top for top tabs!! The fact there’s a gap towards the bottom won’t matter (even to my OCD-ish mind) and it’s much better than only being able to cut one divider from each card.
Now, I think the top tabs is a genius idea! (but maybe it’s jut me!)
I’ll post pictures as soon as the card arrives and I have made them.