Notebook Addict of the Week: Carley

This week’s addict emailed me a wonderful essay on why she loves notebooks, and how writing in them inspires her creativity. Here’s some photos of some of her notebooks: “I guess you could say that I’m a notebook addict. My current favourite are Paperblanks which I mainly use as Writing Notebooks and Journals. I’ve always […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: John

This week’s addict is a writer who has challenged himself to write a million words this year, including typed on the computer and handwritten in notebooks. I think John is doing pretty well at reaching his goal, based on his website and these photos of his notebook collection: I’ve always written, since I was very […]

A Brief History of the Journal

An interesting post about the history of journaling from Rossi 1931‘s Italian Stationery Blog, accompanied by a photo of one of their beautiful notebooks: Journaling is not a modern phenomenon; there are recordings traced back to 55AD China. During the Renaissance period, the Western world began journaling regularly and the diary, began to have some […]

From Our Readers

Mike Sheehan shares his excellent sketches documenting the Murrieta immigration protests: David is excited that the “Trapper Keeper lives!”. Renee shares the story of a teacher who is looking for donations of journals for her students. She successfully collected 100 journals for the 2013-2014 school year, and now she needs to do it again! Please […]

An Interview in Drawings: Paper vs. Digital

A fun approach to the question of paper vs. digital notetaking: Read more at A Hand-Drawn Interview With the Man Behind Adobe’s Pen of the Future | Motherboard.

Notebook Addict of the Week: Kevin

This week’s addict is a writer who does much of his work in notebooks. He recently finished a novel consisting of “116,386 words, 472 pages (almost a ream of paper), and numerous books of hand written script.”   “I always write the first draft by hand, I find it more intimate than typing directly onto […]

A Notebook is “A Junkyard of the Mind”

A great article by novelist Lawrence Norfolk: “A writer’s notebook is a junkyard; a junkyard of the mind. In this repository of failed attempts, different inks speak of widely-spaced times and places, the diverse scrawls of varying levels of calligraphic awkwardness, lack of firm writing-surfaces, different modes of transportation. “ Here’s a photo of one […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Tatiyana

This week’s addict emailed me lots of great photos and thoughts about her notebook obsession. I very much identified with what she says about enjoying the act of writing itself sometimes regardless of what words are being written! Tatiyana says: “I have always enjoyed writing for as long as I can remember. Back when I […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Lee Ann Spillane

This week’s addict is another one found via the excellent Sharing Our Notebooks blog. Lee Ann Spillane is a teacher who has been keeping notebooks since she was very young. She says: “I love to learn and think and draw and write. As I child I wanted to remember things. I used to sit on […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: John Dickerson

This week’s addict was found thanks to a tip from last week’s addict, June. John Dickerson wrote a piece on Slate that I think many of us will identify with, about our impulses to capture the moments of our lives, whether it be in paper notebooks or in smartphone snapshots. The article was accompanied by […]