Welcome to a page about NaNoWriMo hipster PDAs. I am NewMexicoKid, co-Municipal Liaison (ML) for the Illinois::Naperville region of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). A hipster PDA is a concept invented by Merlin Mann in 2004: a pack of index cards with a clip where each card serves a different function as a retro-PDA (Personal Digital Assistant). In 2005, I introduced to the NaNoWriMo ML community the NaNoWriMo hipster PDA.

So what kinds of cards do you keep in a NaNo hipster PDA?

  • reference links to important sites
  • advice cards for noveling
  • NaNo calendar
  • blank cards
  • story board cards
  • cards with forms upon them for various purposes

What do you use your hPDA for?

For myself, mostly I use it to have blank index cards with me at all times so I can jot down ideas when the muse is with me. Helpful references or inspirational cards can also be useful.

2015 Hipster PDA

While supplies last, we will be handing out the 2015 NaNo Hipster PDA at each of the four preparatory workshops this October. If you can't make it out to one of these, then feel free to print out your own:



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