Following Edward Tufte I attempted to design the most useful single piece of paper to cram in the back of my fancy faux-leather Italian notebook. I built a Writer’s Reference PDF including useful tips from hack writers like Strunk and White, George Orwell, and Edward Tufte. I also included a list of most common misspelled words.
Print the sheet on good high quality acid free paper so when archaeologists dig up your Moleskine in a few hundred years it won’t turn into a hunk of crackling yellowed pulp. I exported the sheet in PDF and agonized about the font before deciding upon 8pt Georgia. If you can think of more useful tips or a better design, do tell.
I printed my writer’s tips on one side of a sheet of paper and a .pdf map of Middle Earth on the other. It is perhaps the single most useful piece of paper ever printed. I can mock my friends’ extensive use of the passive voice and their barbarously bad use of adverbs and then diagram the battle of Minias Tirith with a single piece of paper.
Mike Shea’s Writer’s Reference PDF