Melissa Sugar's Five Favorite Writing Notebooks:
Top 5 list of notebooks for a Writer's Creative Thoughts
As a writer I know that I am in the minority when it comes to actually writing a novel. I am sure that in 2012, most of you find the luxury of a laptop with all the bells & whistles and a fancy word processor far superior to the old school notebook. I love notebooks. I love the way they feel, smell and I feel naked if I leave home without one.
There is something intimate about the experience of jotting down my creative thoughts and ideas and watching them magically transform into quirky characters, mysterious plots or vivid settings. I take it out when I overhear scandalous tidbits of conversation while standing in line at the grocery store or eating lunch at the deli. I mimic strange or unusual dialects and accents and phonetically spell out words and phrases I overhear.
I use notebooks for the plethora of list I can't live without. I jot down notable blog post and thoughts for my upcoming opening statement or closing argument in a jury trial. My notebooks are filled with song lyrics, ideas that would otherwise be long forgotten, important telephone numbers, appointment times and dates and even the numbers on the license plate of the car that once sideswiped me and kept going.
What I am saying is that I love notebooks. Every creative idea I've ever had originated in one of my five (5) favorite notebooks. As a compulsive notebook'er, I have tried just about every kind from the fifty cent one at the dollar store the upscale Moleskin. I like to experiment with different kinds to see how they meet my individual creative work flow and needs.
Here is a breakdown of some of my favorite notebooks:
Notebooks that Make the Gold List:
1. Moleskin - Most of you have heard of the legendary Moleskin notebooks. I used to wonder what all the hoopla was and why anyone would waste that kind of money on a notebook. That was, until I received my first Moleskin as a gift and I fell in love. They now come in an array of bright colors and designs.
2. The Action Journal by Behance, is based on the online Action Method, a suite of products that all sync to your online Action account and are designed to capture task, collaborate and get organized. I really like it because I am utterly unorganized and on a mission to attack my vice. Action has a host of nifty gadgets that are helping me.
Rhodia is not a new brand, but new to me. I have seen an upward trend among lawyers and other business executives sporting these pop orange, eco friendly designer notebooks. They are less expensive than most of the other notebooks preferred by writers and other artist, but they are not my favorite. If you are like most people and fancy a smaller notebook that is easier to carry then you will like Rhodia. I am that odd person who has a passion for gigantic notebooks.
Writersblok Wouldn't you know that just as I grew to love another notebook, I discover that it has been discontinued. You can still find them at Amazon and a few other places. The are cute, made of 100% bamboo pulp paper and I just kind of got stuck on the catchy name. I won't let myself become attached to Writersblok notebooks now that they have been discontinued because I refuse to get into an eBay type bidding wars over a notebook (it happened with my favorite Lancome cologne and I have to duke it out on eBay every six months.)
Habana is quickly becoming my second favorite notebook behind Moleskin. They are comparative in price. Habana has a distinguished look in black, but I can't get enough of the sleek ivory color. The Clairfontaine paper has an exceptionally smooth satin finish. This notebook proudly boast that is is the choice for many fountain pen users.
6. Leuchttrum I confess that I haven't actually used this notebook, but a friend recently recommended that I try it. As I have vowed to conquer my unorganized life, I can see the benefits of this brand. Apparently, each book has numbered pages, a table of contents and a set of stickers for labeling. I intend to order one soon. Do any of you have anything to share about this style?
So, there you have it. My top 5 list of notebooks for writers and other creative souls + 1 that I am aiming to try.
Are any of you still partial to writing with pen & paper? If so do you have any notable notebooks or favorites to share?