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How To Create A Novel Binder

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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.

Want to watch the video version of this post & get a tour of my novel binder? I've got you covered!

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

Want a set of your own novel binder printables?

I’ve designed this printable so that you can easily print it out, fill it out, and hang it on your wall so that you can refer to it when those negative questions hit.


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