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.
- 2014 Novel Stone Soup hipster PDA (aligning with the Stone Soup Method preparatory workshop and the first Library Crawl
- 2012 nanobots hipster PDA
- 2011 November Novelist Essential Toolkit, featuring the Cyborg Ninja Helper Wombat
- 2010_Naperville_hipster_PDA.PDF (five 3x5 cards, double sided; intended for printing directly to 3x5 index cards. This version has references to favorite writing books and blogs)
- Story question cards (four 3x5 cards: intended for printing directly to 3x5 index cards. From K. Kitts)
- Self-esteem-toolkit.pdf (six 3x5 cards; intended for printing directly to 3x5 index cards. These are a condensed version of Gerald Weinberg's excellent blog post: Satir's Self-Esteem Tool Kit for Writers. Adapted with permission from Gerald Weinberg. Also see his home page and his books: More Secrets of Consulting: The Consultant's Tool Kit and Weinberg On Writing: The Fieldstone Method)
- PDF SAM tool for manipulating PDF files--you can use this to extract individual cards from PDF files and merge them into a new hipsterPDA
- 2012 NaNoWriMo hipster PDA from LA
- 2013-09-07: West Virginia Eastern Panhandle hPDA (PDF) and Word (docx) files by mishmhem, ML for USA::West Virginia::Eastern Panhandle
- NaNoWriMo hipster PDA (original 2005 page with 2006 updates and files; organized by NewMexicoKid, co-ML for the Naperville region of NaNoWriMo)
- Introducing the Hipster PDA (original 2004 article from 43 Folders)
- Hipster PDA - 43FoldersWiki - with Benefits, Ingredients and Assembly, Hipster Contents, Hipster Accessories
- The 2005 D*I*Y Planner Hipster PDA Edition - from a million monkeys typing; also see the v3 version of D*I*Y Planner Hipster PDA Edition
- Illinois::Naperville forum for National Novel Writing Month