Question: I want to create a writer's notebook to jot down all my stuff in my head. All the research I have done on this says to just to basically use a page a day with no rhyme or reason. I need to be more organized than that. I was wondering if you have any advice for me. I have started what I hope to be my Notebook. I have it in a 3 ring binder that has plastic dividers with a folder for holding loose or small items. I have tabs labeled Plots, characters, notes, names, places, settings or places, descriptive words and other grammar...
I will jot notes through the day on sheets of loose leaf paper and transfer it to my notebook. What do you think? Am I going overboard?
You have to create a system that works for you. If this notebook design you're implementing does it, then go for it. Of course, you'll only know after you've been working it for a while.
One thing I do like about your approach is that it seems to balance the need for organization of the whole with the unstructured component of the individual pages. It's always helpful to separate the times we work in the creative/open mode from those in which we work in the critical/closed mode.
I also think you are wise to want to apply some sense of organization to your creative output. A page a day with no plan or context can result in a lot of pages that are not useful. That's okay if you are brainstorming or trawling for ideas. However, not many people can write a novel randomly. Or, to put it another way, few novels can be skinless jellyfish. They need spines and bones to give some structure to the protoplasm. Once you find an idea that grabs you, you need to start defining some shape for it. With a little structure in place, your creativity can then add more flesh to the bones. Again, you have to discover the right balance for yourself.
I am also curious whether this book is for one project or for all your writing ideas (because, if it's for everything, I can see it eventually becoming unwieldy). You might want each big project (for instance, a novel) to have its own separate binder. You might have another binder for ideas for shorter works or ideas you are not yet ready to develop.
Best of luck with this project.