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How I use Notion for my Writing Journal

March 11, 2021 by Sarra Cannon

Planning And Organization | Writing Tips

As you all know, I am definitely a pen and paper girl, but sometimes when you need to track certain data, it’s just easier to use an app. Lately, I’ve been trying out Notion as a really powerful tool for keeping up with my writing metadata and a writing journal.

In today’s video, I show you how I am using Notion as a writer.

Notion For Writers

What is Notion? And How Do You Start?

According to the Notion website, it’s the “One tool for your whole team. Write, plan, and get organized.” I use it both as a collaborative tool with my online marketing manager/assistant, and as a personal writing journal where I track my current works in progress.

Notion comes to you as a blank slate and you can design it to do (almost) whatever you want. Because of that, though, you can sort of get lost in setting it up for hours (ask me how I know, LOL).

For this reason, I really recommend checking out some videos on YouTube to give you an idea first of how other people are using Notion, what kinds of things you can build and create inside it, and then writing down a list of all the information you’d like to keep track of there. I think starting out with a sketch or an idea of what you want to build first will take away a lot of that overwhelming feeling of starting off from scratch.

There are a variety of templates you can download (or “duplicate”, in Notion’s jargon), or you can create your own workspace. I decided to create my own writing journal, with some images I created in Canva, as well as a few pretty gifs I downloaded online. The clean layout and aesthetic look of it motivates and inspires me to actually use it, which is really the whole point, right?

Whatever works for you is the best way!

What I Track In Notion As A Writer

Inside Notion, I am currently tracking my series metadata, my daily word counts, my monthly goals, and my future ideas or “plot bunnies”. This is really just the beginning, too. I feel like there is so much potential to really create a system for tracking your writing as you go, keeping up with your data, and collaborating with other authors or with an assistant.

If you want to see a breakdown of what I’m currently tracking and how I have it set up, be sure to watch the video linked above.

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  1. Hello, I have wondered about Notion. Thank you for your Notion video. I’m in and have set up my personal account. Now to learn how to use it and make it pretty. I totally understand about making things pretty—this speaks to my creative soul.

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Sarra Cannon

Hi, I'm Sarra!

I have been self-publishing my books since 2010, and in that time, I've sold well over half a million copies of my books. I'm not a superstar or a huge bestseller, but I have built an amazing career that brings me great joy. Here at Heart Breathings, I hope to help you find that same level of success. Let's do this.


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