This post was originally published at Novelicious.com and is now at WritingTipsOasis.com. WritingTipsOasis.com acquired Novelicious.com in June 2022.
I know it's only November, but the shops are filled with 2014 diaries and now is a good time to snag the perfect planner for next year. Plus, of course, they make wonderful (whispers) Christmas gifts.
1. The Bright Side 2014 diary. Front cover reads 'Becoming Ruler of the Universe (& other plans for 2014)' and there are plenty more quirky phrases and instructions sprinkled throughout. The diary is A5 and has two pages per week, giving you plenty of space to write your Evil Plans. £10 from John Lewis.
2. This Mucha Tiger Lily diary by Paperblanks is so pretty and its miniature size (about 10 x 14cm) makes it ideal for slipping into your bag. It features a horizontal week-to-view diary format and monthly planners on acid-free paper. There are two ribbon markers, an elastic closure and a momento pocket inside the back cover. The diary costs £10.99 and there is a day-to-view version available, too, for £12.99. Buy from Paperblanks Diaries.
3. As you are no doubt aware by now, I can't resist a vintage floral pattern. The Kentish Rose diary from Cath Kidston (also available in King Street Rose, which has a white background) isn't just pretty on the outside: the floral theme is continued throughout the pages. It also has a protective plastic outer sleeve and a popper closure, making it a practical choice if you like to carry your diary around with you. £15 from Cath Kidston.
4. Patchwork page-a-day diary from Paperchase. Cover is linen with the date picked out in foil and there is a ribbon place marker. The diary is A5 in size so there's lots of room to make notes, list events or even use as a journal. £12.
5. If you prefer a simple, unfussy design, this pocket weekly diary by Castelli might fit the bill. It uses a format I find particularly useful – a week on one page and a lined 'notes' page opposite – and comes with a matching pencil. The diary costs £9.95 and is available in several colours including black, orange, green, pink, china blue and French blue.