Templates

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Problem Scenes

This one is related to the Scene Solvent template, but focuses on a scene you've already written, but aren't happy with. When I'm editing, I sometimes find it difficult to edit large blocks of text between lines and in margins, so I end up just rewriting them (especially if they're just really far gone). I put this template together to make sure I get it right in the rewrite.

Again, this comes from knowing how your own mind works. If I tried to fix a scene just in my head and by marking through and rewriting sections of it instead of the whole thing, God knows what would come out of it. This keeps my thoughts organized.

Paper size: 
Classic (5.5 x 8.5)
Thumbnail: 
Problem Scenes_Page_1.jpg
Usage advice: 

This is in classic size using text boxes instead of tables. I'm not entirely happy with this one either and I'll probably change it to letter size with tables when I use up the ones I've already printed. Of course I'll edit this post with version 2.0 when it's done.

The text boxes gave me all kinds of trouble, so those of you using the Word template may have to tweak a few things.

And again, I asked myself questions about the scene giving me problems and left space for ideas on how to improve it.

License: 
Creative Commons
Language: 
English
Applications required: 
MS Word or any PDF Reader
AttachmentSize
Problem Scenes.doc32.5 KB
Problem Scenes.pdf37.63 KB
Classic (5.5 x 8.5)2010-02-19 16:55
Scene Solvent

This one is closely related to the Problem Scene template I'll post next, but they differ in one respect. Scene Solvent is for the scene that just won't go down on paper for you.

This happens to me all the time in my writing. I'll be trucking along and writing away until I get to one tiny little scene. Usually it's a transitional scene that is supposed to bring me from one important event to another.

I'm having a horrible time with two of my novels for just this reason. I've come to a standstill. I won't call it writer's block because I know what comes later; I just don't know how to get there. I created this template in an attempt to resolve these problems.

Paper size: 
Letter
Thumbnail: 
Scene Solvent share_Page_1.jpg
Usage advice: 

Again, this is using Word Tables because I'm pretty good at manipulating them. It also is formatted with mirror margins, so it gives you plenty of binding space.

I figured the best way to create this form was to ask myself questions. I've found that I get further in my writing by doing this and writing down both the question and the answer.

License: 
Creative Commons
Language: 
English
Applications required: 
MS Word or any PDF Reader
AttachmentSize
Scene Solvent share.doc41 KB
Scene Solvent share.pdf74.83 KB
Letter2010-02-19 16:43
The Organizational Manuscript Planning Foldout

I don't know if I've described it before on this site, but one of the things I do to keep on track with my novels is to create organizational manuscripts of them once I get to a certain point. I do this because I am extremely scatterbrained and need to have some sort of guide along the way. In these organizational manuscripts, I include:

- Parts already written;
- Oodles of notes (culture, literary, characters, food, etc.);
- Character sketches for main characters;
- Character summaries for minor/supporting characters;
- Summaries of the settings/places important to the story;
- Maps of places in the story (some actual places, and some imagined - I use Open Office Draw for my fictitious maps;
- A summary of the story and a summary of intent/theme;
- An outline;
- Writing exercises and style notes for problem areas;and
- What I call ponder sheets. These are the most important for me. I ask myself questions about scenes I haven't written and leave space for writing ideas.

I've had a couple of writers say that this sounded too constricting for them. It's true that some writers will find it constricting, but I always leave myself plenty of wiggle room. An organizational manuscript I've been using for a while will be filled with smaller sheets of notes stapled into the booklet, exed out anything and everything. So no, I don't find it constricting.

In any case, this is a form I created to help me get started on new organizational manuscripts. I wanted something that would allow for everything to be on one page, so I made it a legal-sized fold-out.

Paper size: 
Other
Thumbnail: 
OM chart.JPG
Usage advice: 

This is 8.5x14 legal paper printed in landscape orientation to create a fold-out. I'm not entirely happy with how this turned out, so I may tweak it some later on when I use up all of these that I've printed out. I'd like to make it a little bigger. Maybe two letter pages taped together or something.

One recommendation is that you definitely need to use heavier stock. All I could find was 20lb paper in legal size, but I probably didn't look very hard.

There are two sides to this. There's the inside of the fold out and the front flap. Mine is laid out kind of odd on the front flap because of the way my printer is oriented, so you may have to do some moving around of the table.

Again, I've used Word tables.

License: 
Creative Commons
Language: 
English
Applications required: 
Word or any PDF reader
AttachmentSize
OM Chart.doc37 KB
back of OM chart.doc29 KB
OM Chart.pdf31.52 KB
back of OM chart.pdf5.48 KB
Other2010-02-19 05:07
Scene Builder Form for Writers

This is a form I came up with to help me organize the hazy images of scenes that roll around in my brain. This is also good for those of us with overworked memories who mourn the scenes we've forgotten. No mourning necessary if you have them written down already!

I've already used this a time or two, and it has accomplished for me what I wanted it to. It gave me a very clear picture of a scene I had been thinking about for several days, and now I know exactly how to use it in the story.

Paper size: 
Letter
Thumbnail: 
Scene Builder_Page_1.jpg
Usage advice: 

I used Word tables. The font is very basic, but if you have Word, of course you can change it. This is a very straightforward design, but as most of you probably know, Word tables can be temperamental. Any wobbles will be easily fixable, though.

I have also included a PDF version. I've got them on mirror margins so it's like a 2-up layout.

License: 
Creative Commons
Language: 
English
Applications required: 
MS Word or any PDF reader.
AttachmentSize
Scene Builder.doc35.5 KB
Scene Builder.pdf29.35 KB
Letter2010-02-18 21:57
Prayer Diary

A short and simple yet hopefully effective prayer diary. There is space for the main request and any notes with a box to mark with Yes, No or Wait.
Hopefully suitable for A5

Paper size: 
A5
Thumbnail: 
Screenshot.png
Usage advice: 

Two pages for left and right binders (hopefully)

License: 
Creative Commons
Language: 
English
Applications required: 
PDF Reader, OpenOffice Draw
AttachmentSize
widgetkitPrayerDiary2upA4.odg23.76 KB
widgetkitPrayerDiary2upA4.pdf59.39 KB
A52010-02-06 21:47
March 2010 Daily Calendar Pages - Letter size

Daily calendar pages for March 2010 with columns for "Priority To Do" and "Want to Do," as well as an "Appointments" column with times (my day starts at 4:45am so the first time row is 4am). There is a small area to write in Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. I've added a "Notes for Today" area to put things like "Hubby out of town" or "Jane's Birthday."

Paper size: 
Letter
Thumbnail: 
daily_letter_Mar2010.jpg
Usage advice: 

I'm sorry for the wonky margins. OpenOffice Draw (and the consequent pdf that I make from it) is pushing the entire page to the right by one-quarter inch, and I cannot figure out why. So I'm just manually adjusting for it.

The .pdf file was larger than 2mb, so I included a link to it.

License: 
Creative Commons
Language: 
English
Applications required: 
OpenOffice Draw for the uploaded odg file. Adobe Reader for the linked pdf file.
AttachmentSize
Mar 2010.odg24.87 KB
Letter2010-02-06 00:53
Meetings Page with Larger Notes Section

A tweak to my first meeting page template. This one doesn't have the 'prep' area, so it leaves more room for notes for those really long meetings! Feel free to use either of them.

Paper size: 
A4
Thumbnail: 
meetings_no_agenda.jpg
Usage advice: 

Components & Usage...

Header
Room to write description of the meeting, i usally write the date as well. Can be used for team meetings or meetings with individuals. Also a box with processed - after a meeting i transfer notes and actions to my diary and planner system and then file this sheet.

Notes
A fairly big notes section for joting down stuff that comes up at the meeting or just doodling if it's a really boring meeting!

Action Section
A place to write all the actions that have come out of the meeting.

There are two identical pages in the pdf so you can print double sided.

License: 
Creative Commons
Language: 
English
Applications required: 
adobe reader, preview, etc
AttachmentSize
meetings_no_agenda.pdf11.01 KB
A42010-02-04 17:07
Feb 2010 Daily Calendar Pages - Letter size

Daily calendar pages for Feb 2010 with columns for "Priority To Do" and "Want to Do," as well as an "Appointments" column with times (my day starts at 4:45am so the first time row is 4am). There is a small area to write in Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. I'll upload March after I have used this template for awhile and see if I need to do some tweaking.

Paper size: 
Letter
Thumbnail: 
daily_letter_Feb2010.jpg
Usage advice: 

I'm sorry for the wonky margins. OpenOffice Draw (and the consequent pdf that I make from it) is pushing the entire page to the right by one-quarter inch, and I cannot figure out why. So I'm just manually adjusting for it.

I included both the .odg and a .pdf version.

License: 
Creative Commons
Language: 
English
Applications required: 
Either Adobe Reader or OpenOffice Draw. I've uploaded both files.
AttachmentSize
Feb 2010.odg24.96 KB
Feb 2010.pdf1.92 MB
Letter2010-02-01 17:47
Pretty Floral Week at a Glance

These are 2 slightly different spreads of a week at a glance, with a purplish floral embellishment. The days of the week go vertically down, with columns across the pages for different things.

There are boxes on each day to write in the dates. I am not sure how to make this into a form that others could type text w/ nice fonts into.

Come see more designs on my blog: cutediyplanners.blogspot.com

Paper size: 
Classic (5.5 x 8.5)
Thumbnail: 
Week at Glance 1 Blank Purple.gif
Usage advice: 

The first form has the columns labeled as such: 1) To Do This Week; 2) Appointments; 3) To Each Day; 4) Lunch & Dinner Plans; 5) Health Log; and 6) Accomplishments!

The second form has no labels for the columns except for the first one on the very left: To Do This Week.

This is made to print landscape on 8-1/2 x 11 paper (be sure to print the same image on both sides of paper, making sure the 'top' is facing the same direction), and then to cut in half to 'Classic Size' before 3-hole punching or comb-binding.

This is what I am using now, and it has been very useful so far. :)

License: 
Creative Commons
Language: 
English
Applications required: 
This is a pdf file, although I originally made it in PagePlusSE.
AttachmentSize
Pretty Floral Week at Glance.pdf79.38 KB
Pretty Floral Week at Glance 1.pdf78.3 KB
Classic (5.5 x 8.5)2010-02-01 02:28
General Project Timeline Planner

While working on multiple projects for multiple clients, I needed a generic project timeline planning sheet. And I needed everything to be customizable to the time frame, the number of tasks, and include details about expenses pertaining to the project.

This Excel spreadsheet was the result. Hope it helps you get organized.

Paper size: 
Letter
Thumbnail: 
thumbnail.png
Usage advice: 

I print this out and 3-hole punch it to put in a binder of project details then hand write the info I need. But since it's in an Excel spreadsheet, you could easily type in your information and print out the whole schmear.

License: 
Creative Commons
Language: 
English
Applications required: 
MS Excel
AttachmentSize
projecttimeline.xls30.5 KB
Letter2010-01-31 23:49
Weekly Calendar with Planning Page

In my calendars I like some kind of long range RADAR, typically in form of small monthly thumbnails.
Some weeks ago I saw a design, where the current month is like a ruler at the bottom of a left page and the next month is at the bottom of the right page. Based on my sweetheart calendar I made a proof of concept. The whole week is lefthand and planning space is on the right side. The current week is shaded in the ruler for accentuation.

Paper size: 
A5
Thumbnail: 
Thumb.jpg
Usage advice: 

In the first table you set the starting date in cell A1. The rest is dead simple. The only tricky thing is setting the margins for the individual printer. Or make a direct export to pdf and do the scaling with Adobe Reader.

License: 
Creative Commons
Language: 
German, but should also work with localized OpenOffice
Applications required: 
OpenOffice; Used font: Andale Sans
AttachmentSize
UniversalWoche.ods15.04 KB
UniversalWeek-English.ods13.11 KB
A52010-01-30 22:33
2010 Work Week Planner

The largest part of my new system - the work week planner. Includes Weekly planning for Monday to Friday, Notes sections and small section for major events of the weekend.

Paper size: 
A4
Thumbnail: 
2010 Weekly Planner.jpg
Usage advice: 

This is the planner i use for work and as i work only monday to friday i decided to make it a monday to friday diary, so i didn't waste space on weekend days i didn't write in.

Starts on the 25th January cause i created it just this week.

Basically it's a five day work week to a two page spread. Mon-Wed on one page and Thur, Fri, Notes and weekend on a second page.

Each day is divided into general notes at the top, morning (anything that happens before 8am). Time slots from 8am till 7pm; then evening (anything that happens after 7pm)

Also included is a notes section and a weekend section - sometimes stuff happens on the weekend that i need to be aware of in my work diary so i put it here.

I print it out on A4 double sided so that you see one week at a time and bind it together with the other pages in my system. You could also punch it and keep it loose leaf in a folder. Friends of mine print one week out a time or a month at a time.

I'm working on a few other designs at the moment including a 7 day work week and a landscape one page version of this page.

License: 
Creative Commons
Language: 
english
Applications required: 
adobe reader, preview, etc
AttachmentSize
2010 Weekly Planner.pdf212.04 KB
A42010-01-21 18:03
2010 Yearly Planner

Another component of my new system is the yearly planner. For basic yearly overview planning. 3 months to an A4 page, 6 months to a 2* A4 spread. Loosely based on the yearly planning in the moleskine diaries.

Paper size: 
A4
Thumbnail: 
2010 yearly planner.jpg
Usage advice: 

Pretty basic. I print it out double sided so that there are two A4 spreads of 6 months each. You can also use it for 3 monthly planning by printing each page out separately.

License: 
Creative Commons
Language: 
English
Applications required: 
adobe reader, preview, etc
AttachmentSize
2010 yearly planner.pdf20.61 KB
A42010-01-21 17:41
Meeting Page

This is part of a page from my new system that i use for taking notes in meetings. I use it in team and staff meetings + meetings with my boss and other individuals.

Paper size: 
A4
Thumbnail: 
meeting agenda thumbnail.jpg
Usage advice: 

Components & Usage...

Header
Room to write description of the meeting, i usally write the date as well. Can be used for team meetings or meetings with individuals. Also a box with processed - after a meeting i transfer notes and actions to my diary and planner system and then file this sheet.

Prep
This is where i empty my head of all agenda items that i want to speak about at the meeting. I have a formal meeting with my boss every monday morning, so during the rest of the week i keep one page handy and jot down anything i need to speak to him about at this meeting.

Notes
A fairly big notes section for joting down stuff that comes up at the meeting or just doodling if it's a really boring meeting!

Action Section
A place to write all the actions that have come out of the meeting.

I find this works really well for personal note taking and minute taking at meetings. Let me know if it works for you or any improvements and stay tuned for more pages in this system.

There are two identical pages in the pdf so you can print double sided.

License: 
Creative Commons
Language: 
English
Applications required: 
adobe reader, preview, etc
AttachmentSize
meeting agenda.pdf11.46 KB
A42010-01-21 17:25
A5 Undated Panda Day

This is my A5 undated panda day planner page.
it helps me to keep organised with my daily tasks

Paper size: 
A5
Thumbnail: 
panda day.jpg
Usage advice: 

This is in JPEG format, you can print it as single sided or double sided.
i myself print as a single side as i use the back for my daily notes.

License: 
Creative Commons
Language: 
english
Applications required: 
microsoft publisher
AttachmentSize
panda day.jpg113.88 KB
A52010-01-19 06:01
Agenda Semanal 2010 en español - 2010 Spanish Weekly Calendar

Agenda semanal tamaño A4.
A4 Spanish Weekly Calendar.

Paper size: 
A4
Thumbnail: 
agenda a4.png
Usage advice: 

Hice esta agenda semanal tomando prestado el modelo ya publicado en este sitio. Es fácilmente traducible a otros idiomas mediante "buscar y reemplazar". Yo la imprimí en doble faz y la mandé a anillar junto con otros formularios. Un detalle: los días de la semana no tienen el número correspondiente (por ejemplo "lunes 4 de enero") Era demasiado trabajo hacerlo en la computadora, así que opté por escribir los números a mano (es más divertido). En otro post pondré los formularios que hice y las carátulas para que puedas aprovecharlos.

I made this calendar borrowing a popular model from this site. It's in Spanish but it should be easily translated by "search and replace". You can print it in double side and ring-bound it with other forms to made a good planner. Just a detail: the week days don't have the number, it was a lot of work doing it with the computer so I preferred to add it by hand (more fun). I'll post the other forms and the covers so you can use them too.

License: 
Creative Commons
Language: 
Spanish
Applications required: 
OpenOffice.org Draw - Acrobat Reader - Fuente Blue Highway
AttachmentSize
Agenda Semanal A4.pdf1.89 MB
Semanal A4 2010.odg477.89 KB
A42010-01-17 17:13
2010 Weekly Team Task Planner - 2 Slot

A way to track weekly tasks for people who manage a team.

Paper size: 
Letter
Thumbnail: 
Weekly Team Task Planner - 2 Up.png
Usage advice: 

Don't remember where I got the template for this. Was either on this site, or David Seah's Personal CEO (http://www.davidseah.com).

Modified it to my liking, then I lost the hard drive I put them on. Recently found the printed copies, and did them from scratch in OpenOffice Draw. Once I got started, it was easy.

The first one is for 2010. You can circle the month, and write in the topic in the blank by the year. I manage a team and needed to track follow-ups for communication to my boss. You can put the person you're assigning the task to in the "[WHO]" spot, and when they were assigned the task/item, and what they're waiting for.

I also created a "6 Slot" version where I can track my team's items.

Hope you like it - feel free to use to your liking. (Also, please let me know if I didn't credit the people who should be).

License: 
Creative Commons
Language: 
English
Applications required: 
Adobe Acrobat
AttachmentSize
Weekly Team Task Planner - 2 Up.pdf44.65 KB
Weekly Team Task Planner - 2 Up.odg18.86 KB
Letter2010-01-14 20:04
2010 Weekly Team Task Planner - 6 Slot

A way to track weekly tasks for people who manage a team.

Paper size: 
Letter
Thumbnail: 
Weekly Team Task Planner - 6 Up.png
Usage advice: 

Don't remember where I got the template for this. Was either on this site, or David Seah's Personal CEO (http://www.davidseah.com).

Modified it to my liking, then I lost the hard drive I put them on. Recently found the printed copies, and did them from scratch in OpenOffice Draw. Once I got started, it was easy.

The first one is for 2010. You can circle the month, and write in the topic in the blank by the year. I manage a team and needed to track follow-ups for who I manage. You can put the person you're assigning the task to in the "[WHO]" spot, and when they were assigned the task/item, and what they're waiting for.

I also created a "2 Slot" version where I can track my own (and my boss') items.

Hope you like it - feel free to use to your liking. (Also, please let me know if I didn't credit the people who should be).

License: 
Creative Commons
Language: 
English
Applications required: 
Adobe Acrobat
AttachmentSize
Weekly Team Task Planner - 6 Up.pdf44.46 KB
Weekly Team Task Planner - 6 Up.odg19.33 KB
Letter2010-01-14 19:58
Weekly Calendar 2up dynamic

I've written a small program to create a Weekly 2up calendar.

Should work for all paper sizes.

Thumbnail: 
WeeklyCalendar.png
Usage advice: 

Just select start and end dates (the program always uses the whole week), set the papersize and margins to your needs and print it out.

[ADMIN NOTE]: This software is DonationWare

Paper size: 
Other
License: 
Public Domain
Applications required: 
.Net 2.0
Language: 
English
Other2010-01-11 07:04
Blog Brainstorm and Yearly Goals, Hand-drawn & Typed

Blog Brainstorm - Download (29.29 MB)
Yearly Goals - Download (33.22 MB)

View photos here: http://ahhh-design.com/goals-a-new-year/

Thumbnail: 
blog_brainstorm600.jpg
Usage advice: 

Letter sized, 3-ring binder

Paper size: 
Letter
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Language: 
English
Letter2010-01-02 18:12