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How To Create A Novel Binder

How To Create A Novel Binder

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

  • Synopsis
  • Plot Summary
  • Glossary
  • Any lore, backstories, and histories important to the plot.

3) World Information

  • Map
  • Worldbuilding Information
  • Plot Calendar
  • Setting Description Charts

4) Character Information

  • Character Arc Information
  • Character Descriptions
  • Character Charts

5) Outline + Notes

  • Novel Outline & Scene Tracker
  • Notes
  • Any Misc Workbooks or Worksheets

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  1. I love these page ideas for a novel binder, but some of them could really use some explanation as to what they are and how to build one. Like “plot calendar” and “setting description charts”.

    1. I’m so happy you love the ideas! And thank you for the recommendation! I am currently working on a video walk-through of my own novel binder that shows the pages listed and will update the post to include the video once finished.

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