I don’t go anywhere without my moleskin notebook, although I have recently bought a few of paperblanks ones as I’m drawn to their great designs and magnetised closures. With their acid-free pages (doing the job of preserving) your writing won’t disappear gradually over the years. My very first A4 lined notebook that I began when I was four years old was not of the same quality and is held together with sellotape, meaning it’s going to spend the rest of its days in a plastic bag. With it’s tatty and yellow pages I struggle to read some of the first entries.
When I get my notebook out on the train, on a bench in the park or when just out and about, I get an amazing feeling when the words mark the paper – it’s like I am casting them in stone never to be forgotten. The notes are in no particular order; it could be just a scribbling, a stressful outburst, a great idea for a blog or quote I’ve heard. It might be that no one but myself will ever see the entries or understand whey I wrote them, but nevertheless they mean something to me and I often read them back.
Take care of your notebooks
Notebooks filled with your own thoughts are priceless so take great care of them (I would be upset if something happened to mine). I often look back at my many notebooks – as a rough guess I’ve probably got over 30 of them. Each entry in each notebook mean something to me and has a reason for being there.
I’ve leave you with a great quote from Viv Evan’s ‘Writer’s Notebook’ blog that I read earlier. I like what she has written about the dilemma of not keeping a notebook:
“When inspiration comes it is likely to find me working at something else! By the time I’ve got to my computer, I’ve usually forgotten the wonderfully clever phrase that popped into my head during the school run, or it’s been diluted into something that doesn’t look or sound right” Viv Evans, Keeping a notebook, writersnotebook.co.uk
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