Free planner printables for writing in August

August 2021 is just around the corner. For me, that means that vacation time is soon here. So I made these free planner printables for August to make time for both family time and writing.

Besides the monthly, weekly, and daily pages, I also made a weekly writing schedule ready for download.

The writing schedule can be used in different ways. For example, you can use it to plan out how much you want to write each writing session. Or use it as a log to write down how much you wrote each time you had time to sit down to write. If you want to let the children in on some storytelling time, write down ideas for coming up with stories together.

Free planner printables to download

Before I fill out my plans and goals for a new month, I like to do a quick review of the previous month. It helps me to stay focused on what brings me joy.

Review the month

  • Did I write – I wrote some blog posts, two pages of my book proposal, I wrote in my journal, and two chapters of my memoir
  • Did I have fun – I had the most fun setting up the table of contents for my memoir on Scrivener
  • What did I learn – I learned a lot from taking the Bestseller Masterclass by Gabby Bernstein
  • Best book I readThe Ice Palace by Tarjei Vesaas

I try to make each blog post an opportunity to write and to have fun. So for this blog post use the review questions above to write down your own answers. And I hope you have fun planning out August.

If you do the review questions please share in the comments what the best book you read in July was. As they say a writer is also a reader.

How to create a table of contents in Scrivener

In this blog post I share an easy way to create a clickable table of contents in Scrivener.

In this video I share an easy way to create a clickable table of contents in Scrivener

I got so excited when I learned how to do this. I make sure to have a clickable table of contents because it makes it easier to go through the manuscript for an edit. It is also a great feature if you want to share a PDF with an easy overview and navigation.

5 easy steps to create a table of contents in Scrivener

  1. Make a new text in the binder and move it above the chapters. Name it table of contents
  2. Mark the chapters
  3. Go to edit in the menu bar and choose the copy special and then click the copy documents as ToC
  4. Then click the new text named Table of content
  5. Press Command + V (⌘+V) to paste

VOILA, you should now see the clickable table of contents.

Ways to use the clickable table of contents

I have a stack of notebooks next to my computer. I need to go through them a second time for the memoir I am writing. But it is such a daunting task. It is not always I remember to put down the date, and a lot of the content is just to-do lists and random notes. I know I have to go through them again so this time I am taking the time to write down important parts in Scrivener and then name the chapter with the date and content. From there I can make my table of contents and compile the document so next time I have to check a date or episode I just go to the table of contents and click.

It has come in handy for me in other ways too. Right now I use it for my book proposal which contains both its own table contents but also an example of the table of contents of the book. I also use it for writing and editing my book because it helps me to stay focused on one chapter at a time.

Table of contents or not

As a young reader, I loved it when chapters had titles. It builds up the anticipation and I started to imagine what the chapter would be about. I still feel intrigued when I find a book with chapter titles.

When I went to college, I learned a good study hack, which is to go to the table of contents to get a quick overview of the structure and focus of the book. From this, you can learn a lot about the author’s view and thematic standpoint.

If you are writing fiction and don’t want chapter titles then make a table of contents anyway. It is an easy way to check the outline and structure of your book. For my memoir, it helps me stay on track to tell the story.

I hope this post on how to create a clickable table of contents in Scrivener inspired some writing.

More Scrivener tips

Set session target with Scrivener

In this blog post I share a video on how to customize Scrivener with icons and emojis. You can set it up to fit the genre you are writing in

Personalize Scrivener with folder icons

Bullet Journal – one line a day spread

The bullet journal - one line a day is a quick win to write everyday + free dot grid printable to download

I have been away from the Bullet Journal for a long time. That is why I wanted to keep it simple now that I have started again. Apart from the basics spreads and collections, I wanted to create a one-line-a day spread as the first addition to my new journal.

The one line a day Bullet Journal spread.

The one-line-a-day spread is a great way to write every day because it makes time for reflection and gives a quick overview of the month. It is a quick win if you want to write every day.

I have kept it very simple. I wrote down the headline and then made a list of numbers. Each morning I write something memorable from the previous day in one sentence.

Example of a bullet journal – one line in a day entry:

The cat hovering over the grass snake curled up in front of the kitchen door

13th of July 2021

Here is a free dot grid printable if you want to try it out or use it as a daily insert for your planner/journal

DOWNLOAD

(Print as borderless for best result)

If you want to download the printable with another color border, go to this blog post

Next month I want a one-line-a-day spread for both my personal life and my professional life.

If you want some more inspiration for how to set it up, I made a board on Pinterest called Bullet Journal | one line a day

Why I am going back to the Bullet Journal Method

The reason I haven’t used my bullet journal for a long time is that I forgot all the features it has. This time I read The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll. It is such a great read and filled with practical advice and how-to while at the same time backing it up with research and lived experiences.

I love to learn and my preferred way has always been through books. How did you learn about the Bullet Journal Method?

I have moved my daily morning and evening reflection into my Bullet Journal. Now it is so much easier to manage the day. Which again makes it much more likely to inspire a beautiful line of the day.

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NaNoWriMo Camp the glamping way

NaNoWriMo Camp the glamping way

I decided to do camp in July when I saw they were doing the memoir track. Because it is July, I want to relish the fact that it is summer and dive into the holiday feeling of not having any obligations. That is why I have decided to do NaNoWriMo Camp the glamping way.

Glamping – blend of GLAMOUR or GLAMOROUS and camping

Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, s.v. “glamping,” accessed July 3, 2021, merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glamping.

Since that decision, the rain has been pouring down. So I turned a play tent in the nursery into my writing spot this July.

Which immediately meant an idea for a children’s book. Idea overload is a recurring issue for me but the tent also wraps me in the feeling of simplicity.

My goal is to write the proposal for my memoir Golden Broken Ladder and outline some missing chapters. What is your goal for NaNoWriMo Camp July 2021?

Normally I would just plan out the month but this July, I will also list how to make this writing experience a glamping getaway each day. I share the printable I use down below for FREE.

It is just day three of NaNoWriMo, so this is what I have listed so far.

  • some pillows
  • a new notebook
  • flowers

NaNoWriMo Camp the glamping way

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This month of writing is one of comfort and luxury and, I am going to enjoy this writing getaway. When the weather improves, I will leave my tent hideaway and go on a day trip to the nearby lake. I will pack a picnic basket with a cold beverage and a nice snack and write in my notebook while enjoying the view. Knowing that my new glamping writing spot is waiting for me at home.

Tranquility in the midst of commotion

The lilacs were in full bloom when I got the idea for this blog post, but now they are sacking a bit. I let a far too busy June keep me away from my writing practice. The corona restrictions where I live have lifted, and more and more people are getting vaccinated. This means we are seeing more people and are filling the calendar again with engagements. It is refreshing and a very welcome change. However, I also feel the abruption from a more peaceful daily rhythm. Whenever this happens, I know it is time to find some tranquility in the midst of commotion.

And to do this I turn to nature. First, the birds make themselves noticed.

Walking through the forest, I hear the cuckoo at half-past six every evening. When sitting down to journal, a particular blackbird with a higher pitch than the rest of the bunch of birds makes itself heard. I miss the lullaby from an owl we used to have as a resident. Instead, the dog next door barks whenever it hears a particular bird ( I haven’t figured out what type of bird yet).

I am not good at spotting birds, but my one-year-old daughter is a keen observer. Whenever a sparrow hops around in the branches, she points at it. The same goes for the seagulls and other birds she notices in the sky. Then she makes her growling voice which is the name for any kind of animal from beetle to lion.

So much for the tranquility found in nature. Joking aside, the attention to nature did ground me again. And as always use wherever you are in your writing.

  • 1

    Imagine that your writing voice is like a particular bird.

  • 2

    Write a paragraph that resembles a steady owl hoot or shift to a more frantic blackbird chuk.

  • 3

    See what it does to the length of the sentences and pace of the piece.

  • Bonus

    If you want to turn it into a story, continue the piece with a loud growl entering the scene and rustle some feathers.

And speaking of birds, one of my favorite books about writing is this one | Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

The lilacs I mentioned in the opening line of this post offer another chance to write a long side nature. Go to this writing session if you want to explore what the lilacs have to say.

Field notes on writing a poem in a day

I almost didn’t write this blog post. I had decided to include a poem but felt more and more daunted by the task at hand. This is field notes on how I went about writing a poem in a day despite doubts and fear.

A listening heart

When my life gets shattered by loss, the kind of writing I turn to is poetry. It gives my brain the task of form and rhythm and leaves my heart free to feel.

That is why I wanted to include a poem in this blog post about writing my memoir Golden Broken Ladder. Because the first thing I was able to write after losing my son in the early stages of the third trimester was a poem.

A constant challenge about writing a memoir is for the heart not to harden. I need to stay soft to write the story, but it is a demanding task when the entry and exit points are time-sensitive. I can give it my attention for an hour or two, but then I have to return to everyday life, which I also love but which requires another kind of energy.

Poetry is a generous preventive remedy for the heart not to harden. And a quick entryway in and out of the time slots for writing.

It is so because it dials into the art of listening. I had a busy mind yesterday. Too much noise, not enough listening. The poem was so far away that I thought I might as well experiment today.

The experiment – field notes on how to write a poem in a day

When confused or lacking inspiration I always turn to books. So the first thing I did was to go to my bookshelves and pick two books. A Poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver and Seven Thousand Ways to listen by Mark Nepo

I get inspired when I learn something new and who better to learn from than the poet Mary Oliver. I read a couple of chapters and then my plan was to meditate but instead I turned to the other book. When I started to read I got so excited that I skipped the otherwise planned meditation and wrote a page of first thoughts.

If you want to ease into your writing go to this writing session.

Then my daughter needed me, and I cuddled with her for about an hour. I went back to the notebook and wrote the first part of the poem.

Often my writing benefits from a walk in nature but this time the walk showed up in the poem and writing it became a kind of meditation.

Now for the poem

First of all, I don’t know how to write poetry. When writing down poems in my notebook, I hear a rhythm when I recite them to myself, but I am painfully aware that I don’t know the craft of building a proper poem.

The things I have going for me is a sensitive soul and some sense of rhythm when it comes to language.

so here it goes

Numbed out with

the no in noise

I go to the woods

to find a poet

with the so in sound

dropping

by the bark of trees

My hand falls on a

silent

yielding yes

Tina Ming

Listen below

field notes on writing a poem in a day

I hope my field notes on writing a poem in a day inspires you to write your own.