There is More to a Notebook than a Pile of Paper

Back when I was working and had a few coins in my pocket, I subscribed to a service that each month sent me a small package of notebooks of different types, styles, and designs; artist’s pens; and stickers.

Most of these things I would never buy retail: my notebook of choice was a Moleskine, and my pen of choice was a Pilot G-2 with a .038 tip. Had it been up to me, this might have been all I ever used. But having $20 worth of notebooks dumped on my table each month, each in a different format or style, taught me to rethink my writing implements.

It’s not that every person has their preferred notebook format: it is more that every notebook format serves a different purpose. Some notebooks are great for journaling, others for lists, and others for composition. Some composition notebooks are better for prose, others for poetry, and still others for waste books.

The medium is important. Over the coming months, I’ll share a little of what I mean.

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