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 über-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 sequel 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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K.M. Weiland is the award-winning and internationally-published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs. A native of western Nebraska, she writes historical and fantasy novels and mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.


  1. 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!

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

  3. 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.

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

  5. Ms. Albina says

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

    Ms. Albina

  6. 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.

  7. 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.


  1. […] I’ve read a couple of other reviews of the planner (here and here), but I wanted to write my own because I use mine differently, so here’s a little sampling […]

  2. […] you’re looking for slightly more comprehensive reviews, check out this one by K.M. Weiland and this one by Chautona Havig. (She got the Doctor Who cover. ❤ […]

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