The Write Mind Planner Review of New Writing Journal

New Writing Journal Review: The WriteMind Planner

The Write Mind Planner Review of New Writing JournalIs there anything sweeter than a new writing journal? How about a writing journal optimized to help novelists organize and refine their story notes?

I was excited to get the opportunity to review author and designer Perry Elisabeth’s latest project: the Write Mind Planner.

Like any self-respecting writer, just that first glimpse of customizable covers, organizable pages and sections, and a host of removable “modules” had my mouth watering. (Honestly, the hardest part was deciding what I wanted.)

It was one of those love-at-first-sight things, and I’ve only fallen in love with it more as I’ve used it.

My New Favorite Writing Journal: The WriteMind Planner

My writing process is roughly divided into two categories: the outline, which I write by hand in a notebook; and the first draft, which I write on the computer.

I used to write the first draft in Microsoft Word until ΓΌber-writing software Scrivener came along and forever changed my life with its insane organizational features. It’s only drawback? It, of course, offers no similar organizational compatibility with my outlining notebook.

Then Perry’s Write MindPlanner entered my life.

The best way I can describe it is to say it is “Scrivener in a notebook.”

I’ve always felt the folks at Scrivener must have looked into my head, figured out how my writing process works, and then created a program just for my needs. Now, I’m beginning to wonder if my brain is an open book, because that is exactly what Perry has done in creating a writing journal that is perfect for my outlining process.

Writing Writing Journal

Look at all the goodies! The WriteMind Planner comes with every imaginable tool you could want for outlining, writing, or notekeeping.

Because I’m currently in the process of outlining my portal fantasy sequelΒ Dreambreaker, I was able to dive right in and start using my WriteMind Planner right away.

WriteMind Planner Return to Page

This writing journal is property of moi.

WriteMind Planner Writing Journal Story Idea Page

The Story Idea page lets me start with my title, logline, and other early story ideas.

WriteMind Planner Dramatic Arc

Handy chart for mapping the overall structural arc of the story.

WriteMind Planner Writing Journal Cast of Characters

Space for extensive list of characters. I started with just the characters who will fill “archetypal” roles.

WriteMind Planner Writing Journal Character Idea Page

I love that there are pages in the writing journal to distinguish which part of my outline I’m working on: character sketches right now.

WriteMind Writing Journal Lined Pages

I can add as many lined pages as necessary for each section of my outline.

And there’s so much more than just this: setting and scene pages, places for sketch pages, scene index cards, and sticky notes.

So my review? Love it, love it, love it. If you’re a note-taker, outliner, and a lover of writing journals, the WriteMind Planner is the most complete and useful writing journal I’ve ever found. I will enjoy using it to beautify and organize my outlines for many years to come. Thank you, Perry!

About the Write Mind Planner

Offering the flexibility of a three-ring binder, but the stylish and compact look of spiral binding, this disc-bound planner will save your sanity! Simply peel pages away from the discs, move them wherever they’re needed in the planner, and press them back in. Organize ideas for use at a later date, track word-count goals, keep tabs on your works in progress, and more!

What Is Included in the Basic Planner?

  • 8 black binding discs for ultimate flexibility: Add, remove, and move modules and individual pages with ease.
  • An artistic, cheerful cover page protected by transparent poly covers for durability. (Not reversible.)
  • “Please Return To” page for when you accidentally leave your planner at the library or coffee shop. When you’ve added your name and number (or email address) to this page, any good Samaritan will be able to make arrangements to return your planner!
  • 30 To-Do list slips: slim pages with plenty of lines and checkboxes.
  • 30 Idea Worksheets for all those ideas that pop into your head and need to be jotted down for later. Options include: Story Idea Sheets, Scene Idea Sheets, Character Idea Sheets, and Setting Idea Sheets.
  • Wordcount Tracking Calendars: Each month folds out so you have plenty of room to fill in your goals and daily word count. Track your weekly and monthly progress easily. Includes remaining months of 2016 plus all of 2017.
  • The Ultimate Self-Publishing Checklist: to help you take your work-in-progress from draft to publication and beyond without forgetting any steps!
  • Contacts section: so you’ll never lose the contact info for your editor, cover designer, beta readers, reviewers, etc.
  • 50 sheets of lined paper: for note-taking, additional planning space, etc. Remember, because of the disc binding, you can move it to any section of the planner you’d like!
  • 5 Tabs: your choice of decorative tabs to match your cover, or solid-colored tabs with fill-in-the-blank “In This Section” areas (select option from dropdown).

Additional modules sold separately. Inquire about custom modules by contacting the site.

Wordplayers, tell me your opinion! What is your favorite writing journal? Tell me in the comments!

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  1. I love the mermaid cover. This sounds like such a great idea. I love collecting journals. I have so many that haven’t even been written in.

    • Stormie Reid says

      I like the Magical one, but it is so hard to choose a favorite one! I have it bookmarked so I can look over it when I have more time!

  2. Lily Spinner says

    This sounds amazing! I love how easily extra lined paper can be added. That’s one thing that always drives me nuts when I try to hand write my stories’ outlines.

  3. That’s pretty cool. Always love new journals

  4. This is awesome! I’m constantly trying to make sure my notes and process are as organized as possible so I can find scribbles of information later on. I’ll have to put this on my Christmas list if I don’t win the raffle! ?

  5. They are all so stunning. It’s hard to choose. But definitely the unicorn or fairy tale ones.

    I love the idea of this notebook. I am constantly buying composition notebooks and trying to make my own but usually, it turns into a jumbled mess.

  6. Megan Brummer says

    This is so fun! You converted me to Scrivener, and now I think you’ve got me hooked on a new planner.

    Unfortunately, I can’t get the link to open with the different cover options, so I can’t tell you my favorite. But hopefully it will load soon and I can scroll through and pick one!

    • Megan Brummer says

      Ok. I got it to load! I love the Treasure Map cover. And Village is probably my second favorite. There are some beautiful covers!

  7. This is awesome!

  8. HonestScribe says

    I just checked out the website, and I’m drooling! This looks so much more efficient than my graph composition book. I might use the two in conjunction.

  9. Jim Griffith says

    Do my books sale gobs, no, but they sale every month. I love to write, and do not write for money, I don’t need it, so I put my books at 99 cents on Amazon. I’ve been writing since my 20’s, got serious in 1990 with short stories. Sold everyone I wrote but for one. Got sick, could not move about, long recovery time, so I started writing books. So, this is just me, how I do it, most likely does not even promote good writing skills, or organization, never planned on writing a movie blockbuster, but just write, and publish.

    The only outline I ever wrote, I might as well have written the book instead, so I don’t do that anymore.

    I create a file folder and paste all my research into it, having read it all creating several idea points I’d like to use. Keep them in my head, not written down, unless it is complicated. I keep them in my head because that is were the story forms. It’s not long before I know the beginning and end to the story worked out a couple of twists, and add the action as I write.

    The way I write, I know the main characters, who they are, and abilities. I add to their abilities as needed. I t may cause me to go back and change something in the book. If I need more characters, I add as needed, just write them in as if they stepped out of a closet in your house. I think most of you will find, even with an outline, once the writing starts, you will need to do this.

    Hardest part of the book for me is, the fist line of the fist chapter. My newest book now has three chapters, in three weeks. Wrote them in a week, and two more weeks to work them over to the way I want them, adding sight, smell, sound, and emotion. It is easier to do that as I write on four-thousand words, then fifty-thousand words. And, gives me a clear structured look at the next chapters using my research. I verify things as I work on the chapters using Google maps, and my research file, then move on.

    I only use MS Word. I don’t need stuff to play with all over the screen taking my time from writing. I asked my writer friends who are published, and selling books, what they use – MS Word. When I first started writing, I splashed my words on a standard letter size page, no more. I set my page the same size as the book it will be 5.5 x 8.5 inches and found it made a huge deference in my writing. I always know how long the book will be. How to fit in the book, special pages that may contain a letter to someone, or in my new book, a military order received by radio and hand written. Mush easier to edit a smaller page. And if you are having your book printed, it is already in the proper format.

    I write, print, and bind my own printed books, and give them away, many to people who help me at the grocery store, my doctors, my family, and any interested parties. I donated them to a local museum, they sold them to help their bottom line. All my books have ISBN numbers and bar codes on the back covers I print. After this book, I plan on a how-to-book that will tell you how to do all this yourself, and the most critical part, printing the book.

    When I am done, I have several proofreaders who have better eyes then I do, and better at punctuation. I bind up the book with covers, printed in double space and send them to the proofreaders with a greenback page marker. They see and read it as a book, make corrections in red sharpie, a brighter red that I can see better, and send it back in a supplied prepaid envelope. I make corrections to my word document, if I agree. Create the Amazon Kindle Epub file and up load to my account. Only special software I use had to do with binding my books. MS Word does everything I need, with no distractions, and no learning curve. I spoke my mine.

  10. Thanks! I’ve been using notebooks a lot recently, and I’ll definitely check this out. πŸ™‚

  11. Nice… but 50 blank pages for the story alone seems thin, but I must learn to reduce. Really great!

  12. A very interesting concept! I’ve tried making these with my own punch and discbound notebooks. Problem is, I get so into the details of creating customized pages that I forget to write. :\ This sounds like a great idea, taking the work out of organization so authors can get back to doing what they do. Thanks for the share, Katie!

  13. The beautiful covers on this planner!
    Oh, I do love the “Police Box” one, but I would probably pick something that isn’t as distracting like the beautiful Magical. But, honestly, all of them are pretty gorgeous.

  14. My favorite cover is the one with circles and a butterfly! So pretty! I want one of these for Christmas!!

  15. I like all the covers that look like the first pages of book, but that Doctor Who cover is one that I’d love to have. It’s so awesome!

  16. I love this article, and I love notebooks so this is something I can definitely use for my own novels. I have a lot of novels to write, but I suck with organization so this will definitely help me out on my writing journey.

  17. Cool! Trying to decide if I could use one or not!

  18. Nifty! Love the custom options. I’m used to those regular spiral notebooks or writing on the backs of envelopes, or whatever I can get my hands on.

    This planner would be luxury. Just wondering if I’d want to mar the pretty book with my barely legible scrawling. πŸ™ Maybe it would inspire better penmanship.

  19. I pick up reagular spiral notebooks when they’re on sale at back-to-school time and have one for every single novel. In it I plot my major beats, character arc and journal from character point of view to get my head into a character’s voice. Also there are tons of pages for brainstorming and sections on setting for my fantasy novels.
    As far as character development sheets and lists of characters and places, I have sheets created for those in the Scrivener project file, so I can always just open them and scroll through to find the details I need. Very convenient.

  20. Alisa Russell says

    This looks great! If I don’t win, I’ll probably buy it.

  21. Stephanie StClair says

    Love the cover options!

  22. Anita Banks says

    Love New Journals

  23. I was so excited to see that you were going to review this particular journal and you did not disappoint. I’ve been “shopping” though I haven’t hit buy yet. So excited about this journal.

  24. Wow, this looks awesome! I love notebooks, I think I have about ten right now, but my outlining notebook is actually pretty ugly. πŸ™ I love the Far, Far Away cover! Although they’re all really pretty. πŸ™‚

  25. They’re all fantastic. I really like Vintage Words.

  26. Cool planner. I would love to have one of these. πŸ™‚

  27. I’ve been seeing Perry’s posts as she designed this. It would be so neat to try!!

  28. Wow, that’s really cool.
    Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit

  29. I forgot to say favorite writing journal. OneNote–my handwriting is awful and half the time I can’t read it, but I am handwriting more often lately in a leather journal I purchased a few years ago.

  30. This journal is really cool. Thanks for sharing it with us K.M. You always introduce your readers to the most useful things.

    I like the mermaid cover! I’ve been a fan of mermaids since I was a kid and first saw “The Little Mermaid”.

  31. This looks very similar in structure to my arc notebook. I’d love it if they were compatible!

    But my favorite notebook for writing had to be the Moleskine. I use them for everything, and they have so many different types and styles, I sways find one to fit my needs.

    I really should by stock in the company…

  32. Cindy Fowell says

    I would have a hard time picking a cover. An intriguing concept. Will be considering this purchase.

  33. Seems like the perfect accompaniment to Outlining as you stress the flexibility of it as well.

  34. Very neat! Would love to try one out.

  35. This is so cool! I love all the fairy tale covers, but “Once Upon a Time” is my favorite!

  36. I love the Once Upon a Time cover! I’ve always loved journals and this one has all the bells and whistles that Scrivener has in its program. I would probably use a pencil to fill the journal out so I can erase mistakes. I wouldn’t want to ruin it with my bad handwriting and scribbles!

  37. Loving how customizeable this is! Truly allows room for creativity in the story building process! πŸ™‚

  38. I’ve been a fan of ‘Circa’ style notebooks for decades. This is a great compilation of ‘writing modules’ & I’d love to give it a try!

  39. I’m hoping to get one of these for my birthday or Christmas, but it never hurts to enter anyway, right? πŸ˜‰

    It’s so hard to choose which cover I like best! There are 4 I love, but two of those I love most: Victorian Note and Vintage Words. Sorry, I just can’t choose between them.

  40. The Once Upon A Time cover has to be my favorite, but I also love the Dragon Lore and Magical covers, too.

  41. As if any of us wouldn’t thrill to have one of these.

    Thank you for the head’s up!

  42. This looks awesome!

  43. This is a really cool journal! I like the customization options too!

  44. My WIP notebooks get a little disorganized, like my brain. The WriteMind Planner has to be the solution. Many thanks for the intro.

  45. The journal looks excellent, but I’m also really interested in the ebook cover designs Perry Elisabeth Designs is offering. Super affordable!

  46. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win a WriteMind planner KM Weiland. Super Excited! I hope I win. I love the cover with the star because well…I am a STAR! AND a WRITER!

  47. Michelle Mulford says

    It was hard to choose a favorite, but the cheery Ampersands cover finally won out!

    Thanks for your review and giveaway!

  48. I’m always looking for new ways to plan my books, and I do love taking notes by hand, so this seems a perfect match!

  49. Beverly Coots says

    THis is fabulous. My son gifted me something similar using Circa system and I love it, but to have it integrated with Scrivener, wow. Thank you. Bev

  50. Sparksofember says

    They’re all great but I especially love Village, Dragon Lore and Unicorn.

  51. I would love this! Just cleaned out my desk to start some new work and found myself looking for a way combine all my random scraps of notes and wishing my ‘go to’ notebook wasn’t also the notebook I used to do my grocery lists. ?

  52. I should check this journal out.

  53. June Chapko says

    Journaling for me is a goldmine of nuggets waiting to be dug out.

  54. What a neat idea! I absolutely love it. When I worked I could not live without a planner. Upon retiring I put the aside and just use a small pocket calendar because what is out there is too complex for my current needs. I’m still an avid list maker and just use an ordinary blank journal for my daily activities. I’ve felt, since retiring, that something was missing and now I know what it is–my planner.

    I love the way K.M. structured this post. The personal insight into how she uses it helps to sell this product. I write children’s narrative nonfiction books but structure K.M. uses is similar to my approach. I love the use of her structure graphic organizer as I use that strategy as well. I also use an outline to help me. K.M.’s examples shows the practicality of incorporating this planner into my own personal use. Thank you.

  55. Oooh, I love the knot work cover and the ampersand cover. They’re all gorgeous!!

  56. OOOOOOO! A new obsession!

  57. I love this. I have so many journals, one for each project. But this is by far the most thorough. I like the Once Upon A Time version

  58. Oh those are beautiful, I think my favorite is the “Magical”

  59. Planner, journal, and outliner?! Oh my!! A writer’s dream!

  60. I am always on the hunt for new organizational items. Thank you for sharing.

  61. This is AMAZING!!!!! I need this!!! And all the covers are SO COOLLLLL!!!!!! I love the Captain America, Dragon lore, Unicorn, and Mermaid covers!!!
    I did not know this product even existed (outside of my brain anyway;), so thank you for reviewing it!
    …now I must go buy one!

  62. I love this idea!!! Notebooks always get me excited without fail, and this is amazing!!

  63. This is very cool–I’m definitely going to enter to win. Thanks for having this giveaway! πŸ™‚

  64. I love the product, went to go buy it but it doesn’t ship to Australia! ; _ ;

    • We’re actually launching a digital, printable version in late November that will be available to international customers! We may look into international shipping again in the future, but as I recall it was around $25.00 or so!

  65. It’s an interesting thing. I don’t know. I need to try something. My mess of word docs and excel sheets to track novel notes & progress is getting to be too much to tolerate.

  66. I like the ‘Once upon a time’ covrr.

  67. that’s a gorgeous planner! awww… the contest is open for us only. goodluck to all participants!

  68. I do have a weakness for collecting pretty journals to start my ideas for novels in… Looks fun and useful!

  69. Nandashree says

    Honestly, I love all of them!!! I sooooo want one!!! You are right, it is very mouth-watering!

  70. Dylan Blake says

    I like the royalty one! This is so great. even if I don’t win I will be buying one!

  71. This planner looks awesome! I’ve been using the ARC notebooks for other things, like keeping writing ideas in one place, but I love the idea here. This would certainly help me get organized with my novels.

  72. This looks amazing!!! Would love to try it. I used to enjoy writing out scenes in my journal then moving them to Word and edit as I typed, but I haven’t used that process in a while. I too use Scrivener now but I do miss hand writing / journaling. Thanks for running the giveaway!

  73. Alisa Boisclair says

    Such a great idea! And with Christmas just around the corner…

  74. Alisa Boisclair says

    Such a great idea. And with Christmas right around the corner …

  75. Rebekah Lyn says

    I’m not an outliner but I do make lots of notes before & during a novel. I like the layout & flexabilty of this journal. Much more user friendly than my standard spiral notebooks.

  76. Stephanie Gonzalez says

    I love the magical cover! It was so hard to choose.

  77. These look interesting. I wonder how the sheets hold up to repeated reordering, because, with me, that would be a thing.

  78. How cool! This would be an amazing tool to add to my writing process. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

  79. June Chapko says

    I would love to win this

  80. Ooh, I love the Magical cover, and it fits so perfectly with the premise of one of my novel ideas.

  81. Tiffany Vaughn says

    I liked a lot of them but I have to say that if I bought one it’d have to be the Faery Folk one. A lot of them are so pretty it was hard to pick one.~

  82. This looks like a planner I would actually use! Love all the cover choices. I have a system on the computer, but sometimes you just need to write it out with pen and paper.

  83. Oooh, what a wonderful idea! They all look fantastic, but my favorite cover design is most definitely the Cycling one.

  84. Sunny V Shine says

    Wow this is really cool! I don’t think I’ve seen a journal like this before. I like both the dragon cover and the mermaid cover.

  85. This is a great idea. I’d love to see this in person. I often tend to be a bit all over the placeand could use some assistance with keeping things straight.

  86. Rose knight says

    This is so cool. thanks for doing this giveaway!!

  87. Too many choices! I can’t decide which cover I want. Tardis is always a good choice but so is the Unicorn, tickets, vintage words, butterflies, polka dot and several others.

  88. Wow. Tha looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

  89. Wow, so many great cover designs! I’m digging the Ampersand (&) for some reason, but the Vintage Words are super cool as well. Definitely looking into buying my own planner.

  90. How very cool. Thanks Katie for sharing. Would love to have one of these.

  91. Love this! It jives with the way my story brain works. Of the cover choices, I especially like the Green Paint design.

  92. What a nifty system here!
    Probably like everyone else here, I adore all things about new notebooks, blank pages waiting for ideas, new pens and otherwise plus having it all tie up into being more organized. This system had me when I saw the sticky note insert and the elastic binder to hold all the ideas in, along with every other feature. My favorite cover is the ‘Magical’ one.

  93. This sounds/looks perfect! I’ve tried so many different planners and none of them have really been a good fit but this one looks more like it would suit my needs. As far as covers, I’m digging the patriotic grunge. Kinda reminds me of superheroes like Wonder Woman and Captain America!

  94. Ooooooh I so need this! Fabulous idea. Top of the Christmas list.

  95. FABULOUS IDEA. I may end up buying one even if I don’t win. πŸ˜‰

  96. A handwritten Scrivener journal? Sounds too good to be true! Love this idea!

  97. A great resource. I like the “police box” cover. πŸ™‚

  98. Oh I need this!!! :)) Even if I don’t win the giveaway I think I still might buy this…or ask for it for my birthday. Green Paint and Vintage Words design are my favorites.

  99. I have been developing a series of posts about writing by hand (on paper) vs. on screen and this dovetails perfectly with that. By the way Katie or Penny, I put my email into the box before hitting the “subscribe here” link and it wouldn’t let me back in; so I’ll go over to your site and subscribe. If this knocks me down to 6 pts. please let me know! Very exciting. My favorite color is the many colored Measure Twice (on page four! πŸ˜‰ Thanks so much, all!

  100. This is perfect timing since I’m in the market for a writing journal right now. I spent the weekend researching wiki software, to make my own little wiki as a supplement for holding research I can’t put in Scrivener, but I was still wondering what I’d do for the story planning when I’m out and about and have to be offline.

    The Once Upon A Time cover and the Magical covers are my top two, but the Faery Folk, Unicorn, and Mermaid are running right behind.

    More and more I’m seeing the value of putting this stuff on paper instead of juggling them in my head.

  101. I love the teal polka dots planner. And I love the index card module that you can add on- Scrivener has me well-trained to indexing my scenes.

    I see a lot of potential for this planner, and can’t wait to put it on my Christmas list!

  102. I’ve stumbled onto NaNoWriMo and was looking for ways to prep. I’m now following and plan to revisit regularly. Thanks for what looks like a promising site of resources. πŸ™‚

  103. Btw- The Knotwork Tapestry cover looks great, thank you for the chance to win. πŸ™‚

  104. Love, love this!!

  105. The covers are all so beautiful! I really love the dragon lore and the village ones. πŸ™‚

  106. I love the one with the castle on it best!

  107. Alicia A. Willis says

    Excited for my friend’s new venture! Go Perry!

  108. I think the TARDIS one is actually my favorite, but I love Village and Happily Ever After too. πŸ˜€

  109. This looks wonderful, thank you. I also like 100 Stories to Write. A lady in my local writer’s group recently published this plotting worksheet. We’ve been using home-printed copies of this in our group to sketch out quick story outlines to hash out plot ideas and I love it. Here’s the short link: She’s also working on more worksheets for writers but so far this one is everyone’s favorite.

  110. First I want to say thank you for the opportunity for us to win this amazing planner. I would say my favorite cover is the Happily Ever After.

  111. My favorite covers are probably the Village option and the Unicorn. But all so lovely! I’ve only journaled in plain spiral notebooks before, or on a computer document. Something like this would be so nice! Thanks for doing the giveaway.

  112. Very cool. Looking forward to the digital version.

  113. Erin Frances says

    I’m a huge fan of good ole pen & paper, but this planner looks awesome! I love the removable sections and customization.

  114. Very cool notebook! I’ve tried outlining by hand in the past and it always gets overwhelming. This looks like a great solution. My favorite covers are both the gold and knotwork tapestry; they’re so elegant.

  115. I have never used a planner for writing before, but I’ve been using Erin Condren life planners for a couple of years. I can add special pages with coil clips, but it’s awkward. I am interested in trying the disc binding.

  116. Seems cool!

  117. Victorian Note. Pretty cool.

  118. deebebbington says

    This looks amazing. thank you for sharing.

  119. Trisha Brown says

    I’m a bit of a Doctor Who fan, but I think I like the “Once Upon A Time” cover the best. They are all lovely though!

  120. I like the coffee addict one best. It’s just so.. me. lol

  121. I never judge a book by its cover. So I can’t say which is my favorite, all I can say is that I love what’s inside.

  122. I love the cover. You have a great blog and I like the write mind planner.

  123. Ms. Albina says

    I like the write mind planer. Is it also have your outline from your book in it?

    Ms. Albina

  124. Anja Schilling says

    I did order the WriteMind Planner for a friend who is journeying into pro writing right now and I thought this would be a great tool for her to organize her ideas and plotlines etc. I really do love the content pages and how they are done. I think this is going to be really helpful and the idea is great since I did a lot of research and this seems to be the best planner in the way of what is in there and how it is set up.

    However, and this was a bit of a dissappointment, the design is rather cheap and boring. I know it’s a matter of preferences, so I can only speak for myself, but I’m used to the quality of planners like The Happy Planner – good paper, sturdy page dividers etc, lots of lovely colors and designs to pick on. It’s just fun to put those planners together. I was foolish enough to think that the WriteMind planner would be similar in quality of paper etc, and what I got was a bit sad. Pages are cut uneven which means some are different sizes, they are not on better quality paper, but on normal print paper which means I could have just bought the layouts and print them myself – if I had a good printer. The cover is nice, even though the cover I actually wanted was out of stock so I chose another one. But it’s just made from regular cardboard, no quality like Happy Planner either.

    I was going to pimp it up with Happy Planner designs and features, and then had to find out that while the binding is compartible, the size is not, which really annoys me because now I have to costumize any extra I want to buy elsewhere myself to turn this rather ordinary planner into something lovely I can gift my friend with. I am having fun doing it, but it also means spending a LOT more money than I imagined. And yes, I know the WriteMind planner is not as expensive as the Happy Planner, but I’d gladly spend a little more money to have great quality paper and a sturdy cover – just to kno wthat thing will survive being carried around and used all year long without tearing apart at the bindings etc.

    So I think this is a mixed blessing all around, but again – the idea and the content of the pages is great and helpful. It’s the cover/design and make off that left me a bit sad overall.

  125. wow this seems like an expensive way to do things! I have a cheap soft cover A5 clip notebook with coloured divider sections in it. The paper is cheap and it is flexible. It fits in a handbag and will also take plastic inserts which can hold cuttings and photos.You could easily make your own templates and print them. But I think what you need are a few printed prompt sheets to remind you what tasks you need to do. Stencils for journals could help you shape it up more creatively. I don’t like peel off pages because they can become weakened and drop out.


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