My first writer’s notebook, like a first love, will always hold a special place in my heart.
It was a pocket-sized spiral notebook with a green marbled cover. I found it buried and forgotten in some random drawer and “appropriated” it for the cause.
It wasn’t a writer’s notebook in the purest sense of the word. It served more as an all purpose utility tool, - like a Leatherman in paper form - part daily planner, full of to-do lists, phone number directory, and random road directions.
I may have a bit of a notebook problem
When I spotted my first Moleskin notebook at a Barnes & Noble it was hard no to be impressed the advertised pedigree. Use the notebook made famous by Hemingway, Picasso, and Vincent Van Gogh. Please take my money. All romantic notions aside, writer’s notebooks have proved an essential tool for me. I love scribbling done the fragments of my imagination and watching the puzzle pieces take shape.
But one reason a writer’s notebook is so important to me is that I have a crap memory. For me inspiration pops up while I’m showering, out hiking or staring out the window while stuck in traffic and if I don’t jot down those musings in the moment I often find them lost forever.
A page from Guilermerro Del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and other Obsessions
A "writer who puts too much energy into notebook entries is like the athlete who overtrains, like a boxer who leaves his fight in the gym."
So whether big or small, cheap or expensive, paper or digital, a writer's notebook is a must have for any and all wordsmiths.