Pilot - A Diary for Writers
The 2016 diary is a beauty! Pilot is loaded with inspiration, writing prompts and advice from industry professionals PLUS more than 150 competitions, festivals and awards. This user-friendly resource is the perfect gift for writers. Manage your writing year in organised style with Pilot. You can find Pilot on Facebook, follow on Instagram and view images of the diary at pilotpress.com.au.
I don’t know about you, but I search for any tool that can assist me with my writing journey and when I find one I grab onto it like it’s made of chocolate. A few months ago I came across Pilot - a diary for writers. With my interest sparked, I contacted Pilot Press to learn more about this promising new resource for my writing desk. Within a week, my new diary was delivered to my door.
Its simple, sturdy cover will help keep the pages crisp and clean and more importantly allow you to write notes with a firm backing. No more bendy books to lean on when note taking. The ample spiral binding is perfect to conceal your pen with the diary itself produced on 100% recycled paper.
The Australian made diary comes complete with a Contents page, 2016-2017 calendar, Australian Public Holiday and School terms listing. This is a great bonus for writers who have to balance a busy family life with their writing life.
The Pilot team have worked hard to produce a diary that is crammed with information to help you strengthen your writing skills. They share tips for getting published, how to dodge writer’s block, a user-friendly competition listing, weekly and monthly writing prompts and comprehensive industry information with lots of clean white space to note your bursts of inspiration.
The Pilot Pages are filled with delicious treats from the diary’s contributors that you will want to refer to all year long. Pilots ‘Quick Tips’ section summarises their 52 weekly writings topics to trigger improvisation, Word of the Week, monthly writing exercises and the much coveted Australian literary journals and magazine listing.
I found the ‘Craft Pages’ to be a wonderful resource as they cover best practice when submitting to a publisher. Each publisher has different submission guidelines, the Pilot diary gives a guide to submitting from margins, titles, headers & footers and fonts to line spacing. Very handy. There is a glossary of literary terms beneficial to not only emerging authors but also seasoned professionals.
Along with a page dedicated to punctuation, there is also a detailed list of editing references. The ‘Cover letter, synopsis and bio’ page answers the question of what to include in that all important cover letter when sending out your manuscript, but it doesn’t stop there. It also addresses what to include in your bio when submitting to competitions and journals. That all important 50 words can either help or hinder, so it’s crucial to get it right.
‘Save the Date’ is great for those planning their competition deadlines with a month-by-month breakdown complete with website addresses.
As any writer knows it is important to take the opportunity to network and attend as many festivals as possible, to help, you plan your festival travel there is a month by month listing of festivals for 2016.
Before you get to the convenient ‘Traffic Control’ section that allows you to keep a register of your submissions, there is the all-important ‘Awards’ listing. After all, post-publication this is where we hope our journey will take us.
The weekly calendar is set out for easy planning with ample space for notes. The adjoining page is blank for those times when your pen just won’t stop writing. It’s also ideal for those who use visual aids and might like to paste pictures or articles to assist their creativity.
Although this diary is only a couple of editions strong the editors have included a lot of well thought out content to assist writers from all genres.
The back of the diary includes an A-Z listing of national literary organisations and writers’ centres. Another golden resource for writers are books on writing, and there are plenty listed in the final pages of the diary.
This must have resource finishes with a lined section to note your reading list and lots more blank pages. It’s perfect for writers from all genres and for $29.95 plus postage, it would make an excellent stocking filler for Christmas.