ScriBuJo 03

We’ll add a new sort of typical BuJo page: list or collection. Both are quite the same, but I tend to use « list » when it’s about things to tick and « collection » when it’s data gathering or trackers on many pages.

I advise you (but it’s up to you) to add an idea list for general writing stuff and one for each of you main projects.

If you have, for example, a collection of short story or poetry on progress, it’s better to make only a list, it will prevent you from having fifteen barely used empty pages.

The goal here is rapidity. An idea comes, you write it. Either on the daily page with the key, you chose (to report it later), or on the Idea page. When you have more time (I do it during the weekly review), you review your Idea list, you see if it’s still relevant or not and you migrate it to a more accurate place.

I advise you to add a little something to find the page(s) quickly. An index, a washi tape border, a sticky label, a paper clip, a bookmark, everything you want. Suggestions here (sorry, I’ll translate it asap, but pics are enough for this point).

This list will help you make a little order in the raging storm in your head (at least in mine).

Speaking of it, tomorrow we will make a little brain dump, minus the creative part. Il will be productivity. It’s not a panacea nor a radical cure against procrastination and boredom, but it helps!

You mission, if you accept it:

Make Idea page

Fill the Index will page numbers.

ScriBuJo 02

If you read BuJo’s Basics, you won’t learn much today too. And it will be a very light and short version.

You take the next empty page. I don’t put title here, as it’s implied by the planning of the month just the page before, but you do as you wish. Moreover, the way I write the date put it in front enough, so there is no mistake possible.


You write the date the way you want. It can be « Thursday 2nd », Thursday, February 2nd » or simply « 02/02T ».

I don’t advise you to put many things like you can in a BuJo: frills, forecast, many trackers, etc. We will add some step by step and only writing related.

Newline, you put a point or an empty square depending on the key you chose yesterday, and you write your first writing-related task (research, word count goal, a book to study, etc.). After that, you can add some if there is more. If you’re part of the January’s challenge (which turn perpetual), you can write our daily goal, between 50 and 500 words a day.

You can also write notes, ideas and if you want, your starting and finishing time. I put the last on a spreadsheet, it does the maths for me and it’s quicker than if I do it by hand (and I’m in love with stats so I have many math formulae to apply).

At the end of the day/the session/tomorrow morning/at the start of the next session, you’ll check what’s done, see what’s not and write the next date. You’ll decide at this point if you report each undone task or not.

For ideas and notes, we’ll see tomorrow how to manage them. You’ll have to do what you did today every day.

Your mission if you accept it:
Make you daily page

Fill the Index if you want to*

*I write the week, with starting and ending page number. I don’t bother list each page as if there is something else between.

ScriBuJo 01 (En)

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As I already said a few days ago, you’ll need a notebook or a binder, useful and resistant, as it’s supposed to travel a little. Not too thin, or you’ll have to change it soon. I’d say about 96 pages, so you can try it out for 2-3 months and then choose something more adapted for your use.

If you know since the beginning that you have an astronomical number of projects or titan-sized projects, you could try to take a few notebooks (one for tracking and one per projects, or one for tracking and one for everything else about your projects) or you can do like me and have a binder-agenda like the Filofax one. No need to take one that cost a leg. On the internet, you can find some for 10€ or less. Prices and shipping times varies depending on where you’ll buy it from. (I put a little selection from Amazon at the end.)

You’ll also need a pen, nice to use because you’ll write! Just kidding. Not today at least. :p

If you already read the basics, you won’t discover much today… but you’ll have work to do. Take your soon-to-be ScriBuJo, your pen and let’s go!

Today, not much thinking, but some steps to go through:

  • Index
  • Keys
  • Future log/Year
  • February

You can do as you wish for the first page, but I advise you to put a way to contact you, just in case. It would be a shame to lose everything.

1. Index
The first double page is for the Index. It’s a table of contents we’ll complete as your ScriBuJo grows.

I do some maths to know how much I’ll need. I count the number of pages if it’s not written somewhere and I keep 2/3. It’s an estimate of the line number I’ll need. After that, you’ll have to count how much usable line you have on the sheet. For square and 5×5 dots, you can measure it and keep half of it. Write « Index » at the top of each page you’ve dedicated to your Index and we’re done.

Some people number the pages used for their Index, other don’t, it’s up to you. You can number them in advance (I do so for my son’s BuJo… but he a preschooler) or on the go. As I often forget, I number and complete the Index during my weekly review.

From now onward, I’ll stop telling you how to title your pages. It’s obvious enough and, if you want to change it, it’s your ScriBuJo, you do as you want. Take care to write the same title in the index and on the relevant page.

2. Keys

Keys, or bullets, are the heart of the BuJo. With a few symbols, you’ll save time and organise all of this mess. I already wrote about it in the lexicon, but here is a picture reminder, with those from the creator’s website and mine.


3. Future log/Year
You take the next double page and you divide it into two or three parts depending on the size of your page. The goal is to have a place to dump events, like book fairs, book releases, beta reading’s deadlines. You don’t need much place (detailed goals will be somewhere else). You write the name of each month starting with March (next month if you jump into the bandwagon) in each box and you do the same for the next double page until you covered the whole year.

(There should be a pic here, but it was awful so I’ll redo it tomorrow with sunlight.)

4. February

Next double page, on the left, you number from 1 to 28/29/30/31 according to the month. If you want to, add the first letter of the corresponding day (Monday, Tuesday, etc) beside the number.

I do it because I tend to either remember the number or the weekday: this way, it prevents bad surprises such as the time I planned a full-time work’s week… Only that it coincided with the family holiday and, in the end, I only had four days for myself.

If your notebook is too small to write the whole month in one go, don’t worry, either you start it on the left and the end of the right page, or you start on the left and you end it on the next double page’s left page. The other way is to separate the month in half, to 15/16 and to 28/29/30/31.

At each date, write what you planned. Writing workshop, write-in (virtual or not), the publication of an article you want to read, the review of the week you should do on the weekly review of the blog (I’ll start to post theses in English and French next week), etc.

On the right, you’ll have a random list of everything you have to do during the month, but without a date. Buying a new pen or cartridge, changing computer… As long as it’s related to writing!

We’re done for today. It’s wasn’t really fun, but it’s a mandatory step. Starting tomorrow, we’ll do a more entertaining part. I won’t really come back to these pages in much more details, so if you have something to add, do it and don’t forget to keep them updated.

Your mission, if you accept it:

Make these pages.

Fill the Index with pages numbers.

I’ll add the selection a little later.

February’s challenge

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Today, for the blog’s first monthly challenge, we’ll make a ScriBuJo all along the month.

Each day, we’ll add a new page, and at the end, you’ll know enough to go on your way if it works with you. The BuJo’s concept is to do what you want, as you want, and adapt all the way through. For this month, I advise you follow my instructions so that you can try out each page before you decide they don’t work for you.

I’ll skim over the details for now, so that we can work on a new page each day, but we’ll come back to each of them in March so that we can study them further.

You’ll need:

  • a notebook or a binder with paper sheets, between A4 (a printer sheet) and A6 (a printer sheet fold in half on each side). Lined, squared or dotted. It can be an already started notebook/binder, it’s only for testing.
  • a pen that feels good and makes your writing readable.
  • a small time frame alone, enough time to read the daily blog post and create the page. I’d say 5 to 15 minutes depending on your reading speed, your writing speed and on the daily page.
  • Think about the experiment, how could it be interesting and useful. It may sound stupid, but if you have a reason to do it (organise your writing, track work to know what you can do for a set period or time or write your ideas so you won’t lose them anymore, for example), it will help you to do it every day.

There will be a little reward for those who got along and subscribe to the blog, I’ll get to this later.

For the time being, you can search around or have a look at the basics to see it’s about.

That being said, the BuJo we’ll create together is a ScriBuJo: a strictly utilitarian, but not ugly journal aimed at writers. It can also be used by artists or professional BuJo. You will see no frills, no cute drawing, everything will have a use. I won’t stop you if you want to decorate yours, but I won’t lead the way. The aim of the ScriBuJo is to be a tool that helps you be more efficient. It defeats the purpose if you ending up wasting your time adding frills! (I’m not criticising those who spend hours doing it if it’s their thing. In my personal BuJo, I make simple Zentangle to separate sections and I colour them when I need to focus. You see that I make it because it allows me to focus and gather my « creative energy » to be more productive when I’m writing. As I said: with me, everything does have an use :p).

I’ll add later, as a reward, a printable set for the pages we need for the challenge (the end of year celebration prevented me from finishing on time). All those who subscribe to the site (mail or WordPress) and take part in the challenge (comments and/or pictures) will receive a discount code that allows them to have it for free when the set will be ready.

It will be available on A5 and A6, for binder like Filofax, or to be bound or stapled by hand. Pages won’t be numbered, as the number and placement will vary depending on everyone’s need. There will one page of each, recto only, as you can set any other page on the back side. This set, and others, filling more specific needs, will be available during the year in my Etsy shop. I’ll set a personal one later. These sales, and affiliate links, will support the blog’s hosting.

I’m waiting for you on February 1st, you can pre-register here, on the FaceBook event and subscribe to the blog (mail or WordPress) to be sure you don’t miss a daily post.

I’ll add challenge’s links here as soon as they will be up.

(Scri)BuJo’s Lexicon

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It won’t cover everything at the beginning, I’ll add here any new, relevant word that I use. Don’t be shy and ask in the comments if you want me to add some. It applies to the ScriBuJo, Writing Bullet Journal.

BuJo – Bullet Journal: I’ll link you to this article.

Calendex: Something you can use instead of Future Log. View of a table as a calendar in a column. More useful if you have lengthy events to follow or more stuff that comes back each week/month/so on. Also for many little appointments. Work well with colour coding.

Dailies: Pages for the work of the day, with events, appointments. If you don’t write the whole week, you can skip the non-writing days.

Future Log: Annual or 6 months planning, depending on your needs. It allows you to write beforehand some events like holidays, non-working days, writing challenges, blog challenges, etc. More useful for exhaustive information (like appointments with date, hour and place) and when you don’t have many for them. (It’s always possible to set up to a month by page if you need space. Putting two or three months per page is not an iron rule.)

Monthly: Usually, two pages (but it can be only one), to prepare the month ahead or ongoing. You report everything from the annual/future log and you add stuff.

Masking tape/washi tape: decorative adhesive, made with Japanese paper for the real ones. You can find some cheap ones, made in with plastic and/or not removable. Its first quality is its ability to be put and remove a few time without damaging the paper (or the support). It’s also — often — partially transparent. It’s resilient enough to make indexes or small bookmarks (and soon, I’ll make a tutorial).

Tracker: Can be of every possible form. Stacks of books to colour when you read them, little stars for weight loss, and that’s the least of it. Here, it will mostly be plain squares to tick. We make it useful and quick, ladies and gentlemen! (Maybe I will share some of my personal BuJo, but for the writing one, I have no time to spend on anything which is not immediately useful.)

Review: Of the week, the month or the year, to check what works and what doesn’t, to make it better. The BuJo’s big strength is its adaptability to the person who’s using it, so every Bujo is unique.

(Scri)Bujo’s Basics

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What’s a BuJo ?

It’s pretty easy. A notebook or a binder, according to taste and needs, which works as external memory to forget nothing and, as an add-on, set goals. For « technical » words, here’s the lexicon. You can also use it as personal development, but here, we’ll talk about a Writing BuJo. But as I have an huge contradiction instinct, I’ll get to the classics for this post.

First, BuJo, it’s short for Bullet Journal, named by its creator Ryder Carroll. It works with :

  • Index, table of contents, which is the strength of the BuJo. Instead of stack of notes everywhere, we knows where is what. Even if it’s the shopping list three months ago or the list of things you promised to bring to your (step) mother at Xmas when it was summer holidays.
  • You do two simple plannings. One for 6 or 12 months to come, and one more precise for the ongoing month, so you can know when you’ll have an appointment, bills to pay, etc. . For deadlines also.
  • You do a to-do list day by day. When it’s done, you cross it ; you delay or strike it if it’s not.
    For those that it will bring down or don’t find it motivating, you can do a Done list. You don’t have the pressure to see stuff accumulate.
    You can make one as a brain dump for the month with not time sensitive task. Also gets out of your brain that you’ll need ink cartridge while you have time. It will be stupid to have none when you’ll have to change, isn’t it ?
  • And my favorite part : collections. Lists, more lists ! Statistics (I do love them). Lists of anything you want. Books to read, shopping to do, borrowed and lend items, shipping in waiting, and more. The good part of it is that you start it on the next empty page you find and you continue after it. It’s the useful part of the Index. No need to say you’ll need that much pages for your week, no, it’s a organised mess. And I love this !

I recommend you to get a look to the official website because it’s the basic, the heart of it. Don’t be shy and ask me, comments are here for that. There are all list of tips, way to do it, cute pics, stickers, printable, but that is another story…