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An Ode to Notebooks

May 10, 2015

Here’s the thing: No matter how small and handy laptop computers and tablets are getting, I love physical notebooks. You know, the ones with paper pages that you write on with a pen? Yeah, those.

Some of my writing notebooks

A selection of my writing notebooks. Some are for one specific project, others contain various short stories and ideas.

Whenever I get an idea for a new story project, I like to find a suitable notebook for it. That way I can assign pages to the plot, descriptions of the world and the characters and to random thoughts and ideas related to the project (sometimes I do have notes for two or three stories in one book, though).

Writing notes in a book is somehow rewarding. As much as I love writing and editing novels on my computer, there is something almost intimate and inspiring about flipping through pages of handwritten notes.

A funny trend I’ve noticed in myself is switching from A4 sized notebooks to smaller ones (my current one is A6). I think it’s because I used to take them with me for actual story writing in cafés and at write-ins with my critique group, but now I have a laptop for that, so it’s more practical to have a small notebook that I can stuff into a little bag and bring with me anywhere I go. That way, I can always jot down ideas.

Do you keep a physical notebook? If you have one, do you write stories in it as well as ideas?

5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 11, 2015 2:36 pm

    Nice to know I’m not the only one who does this. Though I think I have a bit of a collecting problem – I have probably a dozen blank notebooks that are just waiting to be filled and I keep buying more because there’s so much excitement and potential in them!

    But I do also write in some, including a general journal for ideas and observations, and then project-specific ones.

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    • May 11, 2015 7:32 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Nathanael! It’s not the worst collecting problem to have, I think. Notebooks are very useful. Now I feel encouraged to buy even more. 😉


  2. Maggie permalink
    May 11, 2015 11:58 pm

    I usually have a ton of blank notebooks lying around. I use them mostly as diaries and for writing down ideas quickly. I don’t normally devote whole notebooks to a project anymore because I use the computer for that.

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  3. May 12, 2015 11:35 am

    Because I’m not usually far from my computer, I don’t keep a notebook around me. I used to, but I’m terrible of keeping track of more things than I have pockets for, so I often loses them. Nowadays, I store whole worlds in my brain, and only jot down minor details like languages and lines. I guess it’s just because of the age I grow up in that I find memorizing better than notebooks, though I often find myself looking back on stories and stuff to find certain informations.

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    • May 12, 2015 11:47 am

      Thanks for the input! 🙂 I think I store a lot in my mind too. At least there is a lot of stories and ideas that I’ve not written down, but they’re still in there (maybe waiting for me to process them enough to write them?).


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