Writing a novel is a big project. As such, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all of the information you have to keep track of when it comes to plot, characters, setting, and outline. When I began to write my first epic fantasty novel, I quickly discovered that I needed a way to keep track of all of these things plus notes and more! So, I want to pass along the thing I did that helped me do just that… a novel binder!
Whether you’re writing a six-book long epic fantasy or just a cozy mystery and need to keep track of who’s who, this article will hopefully provide everything you need to keep track of #allthethings and, if it does, make sure to share it with your writer friends.
2020 Update: Prefer digital? Sometimes I do too! Check out Trello 4 Authors to see how I manage story binders and so much more digitally.
How To Create A Novel Binder
I like to seperate my novel binder into five sections like so:
1) Publishing Plan / Writing Plan
- Publishing Plan
- Word Count Goal / Schedule
- Blank Google Calendar with word tracker and dates from publishing plan added in (watch video above for more detail)
2) Novel Information
- Plot Summary
- Any lore, backstories, and histories important to the plot.
3) World Information
- Worldbuilding Information
- Plot Calendar
- Setting Description Charts
4) Character Information
- Character Arc Information
- Character Descriptions
- Character Charts
5) Outline + Notes
- Novel Outline & Scene Tracker
- Any Misc Workbooks or Worksheets