What Is An Author's Notebook? Should You Use One?

I use an author notebook (inspired by Kate Cavenaugh) and I thought it would be nice to share my version of it. An author notebook is some sort of writing notebook that I use. Now, I don't use this to actually write a story, but I use it to plan. I use this journal for outlining my story, writing goals, and things like that. Sometimes if I am very stuck in my writing process, I will write a chapter or even a few paragraphs of my novel in this notebook. One of my recent entries was my quarantine writing schedule. I also sometimes watch masterclasses and take notes when I am watching a writing course.

Should you use a writing notebook? I think you definitely should. It can be very beneficial if you are doing many writing projects or if you are writing one big book series.

Here are some things you can write in the journal:

1. List of Agents You Want to Query
2. Nanowrimo (I will get into what that is in a separate post)

  • What you learned from NaNoWriMo
  • Story Prep for Preptober
  • Goals
3.  Writing Schedule
4. If you have a blog or a writing channel on youtube, you can write ideas for posts in your journal.
5. Novel Outline
6. Character Bio 
7. Self Publishing vs Traditional Publishing
8. Hybrid Publishing List

In conclusion, I use my writing journal multiple times a day and I hope you will too!


  1. This was very helpful and it encouraged me to start a journal for my work based on this.

    1. That's awesome! I find that a notebook for any type of project can be helpful.


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