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Hi. I write and I hope to one day be published. I need HELP orgaizing my ideas, research, outlines, actual Writing, etc.

One of my problems is that I jot down notes, ideas, sometimes even outlines on whatever is handy. On top of that, if I write 2 or more pages in a notebook, I use the closest one which tends not to be where another part of the same story or idea is already written.

Another possible problem is that I have one calendar, TWO planners, and probably TWENTY notebooks of differing sizes.

Any suggestions will be appreciated!

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Welcome aboard !!

Seriously, it sounds like you could benefit from a flexible binding system like the disc binding we all have embraced.

In the US, there is Levenger's Circa and Rollabind.
"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)


As soon as I read her post, I was thinking "Circa"...

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Yeah, but....

...isn't that like, to the man who has only a hammer, every thing looks like a nail? ;-) admittedly, I thought Circa too...


Hammer GOOD

Me like hammer.

I think Levenger has brain-washed all of us. Thanks for that, Ryan!

Go Circa!

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flexible notebooks

What is the deal with CIRCA and Rollabind?

What ever happened to three ring binders that take three hole punched paper?

No flexibility...

in size or use or interchangeability.


"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)


Another option would be to have a binder filled with those clear page protectors... you can slip various sized papers (8.5x11 inch and smaller) in them as you go.

Feel free to ignore the disc-bound "dark side" ;P hehe

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You do not realize the POWER of the Dark Side of the Planner
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Dark Side

LOL! The POWER of the DARK SIDE has apparently made me obsessed with wanting to buy planners and notebooks and then making and re-making schedules that I don't usually keep. If only writing them MADE them come true . . . .

Check out story oriented layouts in hipster templates

Welcome to the group -- I hope you will find us a rare place of normalcy in the midst of a crazy world that doesn't understand us....

From the templates tab at the top, wander to the hipster templates -- there are several cards with storyline, character development, etc. If you were able to keep those cards with you in whatever it is that you "always" have with you... then you might be able to organize those critical random thoughts you are capturing.

Within the group here, a lot of us have been positively impacted by David Allen's Getting Things Done philosophy if not his actual procedures. One that I have found critically important for me is the "inbox" concept. I use a Moleskin notebook to capture "everything" at work and a small pocket notebook (given away by my bank periodically, I grap a dozen each time they give then away) for use outside of work -- if it is something that needs transferring I put a square box by it. Later that day, or at my weekly review, it will get sorted to its home. Sometimes that is a task list, sometimes a wait list, sometimes a project list and sometimes a someday list (Allen defines all those lists).

Those that are circified will tell you Circa will solve your issue since pages are easily inserted and removed. Could be true for you. What we tend to believe here is to find what works for you -- and then share it with us. Since we are all different (now THAT is a real blessing), there is no "one size fits all" organization system.

Enjoy the journey.

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The combination is th deal

why ot use a combination of a filofax and a circa-notebook? for me, this works really well. my appointments, time table, lists ect. are organized in my filofax. And I stuff my notes that I take during the lectures in a circa- (atually, atoma-) notebook. I feel quite well organized ;-)

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First, I want to say "Thank you" to everyone that's posted an idea or reply.

Second, I now have a SWEDA Planner which is undated and has sections for notes, addresses, etc. Plus, it has a side pocket or pouch that holds my money, cards, pictures, etc. The only problem with it is a six ring "binder". But, I can use small (3-1/2 X 6-1/4?) "Day Runner" pages if I want. I already have a monthly calendar from them in it.

Now, for my writing, I like the idea of a binder with clear sheet protectors and will probably start one. That way, I can add pages to each "protector" from any of my other notebooks. I've already bought a portable file and hanging file folders -- now I just have to use it! LOL!