Talking to Strangers About Notebooks

I was on the train the other night and took out my notebook to jot something down. The woman sitting next to me, with whom I had not exchanged a word up til then, said “Oh wow, that’s so nice to see that you are using a paper notebook! You never see anyone writing in […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Neko

This week’s addict is Neko, a 14-year old living in Canada who emailed me this submission: “I’ve been crazy with your site, like forever, and I think it’s going to become a habit. I, too, collect bunch of random notebooks ever since my mom gave me a girly pink diary. This picture is my smaller […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Penny

This week we have another addict spotted at Sharing Our Notebooks. Penny Kittle is an author and teacher, and she keeps a nice collection of notebooks neatly stashed in a bookshelf: Penny says: “I spent an hour in my chair by the window this morning working in my writer’s notebook. It is a regular routine […]

Writing in a Journal Can Help You Disconnect and Focus

“If you needed a reason to get off your smartphone from time to time, consider that keeping a written journal may actually improve your life.” This article has some tips for those who haven’t yet succeeded in developing the habit of journaling: 4 Tips to Keep a Personal Journal That Can Help You Disconnect and […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Saeed

This week’s addict is a self-described “Moleskine whore” who blogged about his sudden infatuation at NitroCats: “I have a confession to make: I’ve become a bit of a Moleskine whore. And I’m okay with that. It started a few months ago when I wanted to get back into screenwriting and wasn’t feeling very creative sitting […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Cynthia Morris

This week’s addict is the blogger at Original Impulse, where she offers “support and resources to help you love your creative life.” She was faced with a decision about what to do with all these filled notebooks!   “As I unpack and move into my new home, I am faced with a decision: do I […]

In Praise of Wear and Tear

From a lovely essay about appreciating the worn, torn, lived-in-ness of books and notebooks, the “messiness of creation”: “For about fifteen years now I have been keeping a notebook, or multiple notebooks actually, ostensibly with the intention of jotting down ideas or thoughts before they escape off into the ether. Occasionally these thoughts result in […]

Notebook Addict of the Week: Suz Blackaby

This week’s addict is another discovery via Sharing Our Notebooks. Suz Blackaby is a writer of poetry, fiction and non-fiction for children. She’s laid out quite a collection of notebooks on this table! And yet she says she still resorts to jotting things on envelopes and napkins…   “So when it comes to notebooks, it […]

Paper in the Digital World

Some lovely notebook images and thoughts about why we still love paper, and in fact may love paper even more because our lives have gone digital. From the article: “If you find yourself dependent on notebooks, even if much of your work is online, you are part of a growing number of people who are […]

Alice Rivaz’s Notebook

Another beautiful notebook page, with writing in French. This belonged to Alice Rivaz, a Swiss author. The notebook is part of an archive of her papers, which includes other notebooks as well (you have to click around a bit to find a few links to other images). Found via Google Image search.