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The Movement You Need Is On Your Shoulder

Custom-Cartoon-Printing-Cover-Girls-Diary-Wholesale-School-Supplies-Cute-Diary-Notebooks-for-Gift.jpgDid you ever start a successful new writing project in a new notebook? I think not. A new notebook, in my opinion, is a cry for help. All of my new notebooks start with a proclamation that I will write every day. It’s like making a promise you know you’ll never keep. Like a diet or the desire to become a better person. I wrote every day from the time I was in high school until I got married. If you call squalling writing. What you want is a notebook that’s broken in like a pair of jeans. And yes you mourn when you have to throw the jeans out. When the tufted pages dwindle down. What I can’t figure out is why some notebooks stall out after a few pages and others take root. For all those years when I wrote every day, I used a basic composition notebook. Now it’s all Moleskins and Shinolas, and other fancy assed notebooks. What’s become of me? 

Do you have a relationship with your notebooks?




7 Responses

  1. I love my notebooks. I am always there when they need me.

  2. I own notebooks – most of them empty. What is written in one or two of them, grates. Like the sound of my own voice when I hear it recorded. I like the ability to wipe out words on a PC. I like how I can back up, re-write, clarify, polish, shine the words until I don’t hate them. In a notebook, they’re there, drippy, maudlin, dumb sounding. I could use White Out. I could scratch through them. I could keep doing it and improve – maybe. IDK. There’s something about writing in notebooks that I don’t cotton to, and likely why I don’t keep a diary either.

  3. “A new notebook is a cry for help.” haha!

    In grad school I carried on intense torrid affairs with CVS notebooks so I wouldn’t get above myself. Now I turn to expensive Rhodia pads when I can’t think and a Leuchtturm for my book notes. I am so fancy ass I can’t even stand myself. (But you can take away my notebooks from my cold dead hands, thank you very much.)

  4. “Do you have a relationship with your notebooks?”

    Yes. It matches my relationship with people. I fill them partway, set them aside and ignore them, but never let them go.

  5. When I used to interview someone for a story, back in the day, my notebooks were bibles. I panicked if I misplaced one. Otherwise, I hate my own handwriting.

  6. The end of this is 100% how I feel about my shoes and makeup. I used to be all “yeah I don’t really care about shoes or makeup!” and now I have??? far too many??? of both??? and they’re all really nice??? //What happened?//

    I have a notebook habit but I’m not ready to seek help yet.

  7. Yes.

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