Day 14 – “N” Notebooks
I have yet to meet a single serious writer who doesn’t have a notebook of some kind perpetually at their side. Whether that be small Moleskine tucked into a back pocket, a journal thrown into a handbag, or a full-sized notebook tossed into a suitcase of a purse (guilty…), a notebook to jot down thoughts and emotions, experiences and observations is an absolute must-have. I envy those who can remember everything with excellent clarity until they get home and can perfectly purge it all out, I’m just not one of them.
I have a number of notebooks in varying sizes (typically depending on purse size) that are constantly at the ready, throw-and-go style. I’ve had girlfriends make fun of me mercilessly when we are out for drinks, having a girls night, and I randomly reach for my notebook and scribble down something I overheard, eavesdropping into a conversation at the table next to us. I can be quite the bitch during these periods in which I’m swiftly writing away, trying to be as quick as possible so as to rejoin my group. I just want to be left alone for a few moments to get it all down!! 😉
I’ve had so many different types, brands, and sizes of notebooks over the years. Unlike my failed attempts at journaling, these little notebooks nearly always get filled. I’m partial to Foray and Moleskine, mainly because I like how the lines resemble college-ruled paper and extend out to the edges of the pages. I recently discovered a brand called Eccolo (I can get them at our local Staples store) which I absolutely love. They come in a variety of sizes, the line size is just right, and you can chose from any number of covers (I prefer the plain, flexible leather). I may or may not stock up when they are on sale…
These are some of the silly little things I am nitpicky about, but having the right utensils at your disposal really makes a difference! (I’ll discuss this more in my post for U – Utensils). This post was a perfect precursor to tomorrow’s (Outlining) in which I’ll talk more about the notebooks I’ve been using for outlining and plotting my novels.
What kind of notebooks do you prefer? Do you have a favorite size, style, type, or brand? Do you even have a notebook tucked away, or are you the kind of writer who rushes home to get everything down?
Happy note taking! 🙂