Saturday, April 9, 2016

Tips on keeping a notebook

Ah, back again is the notoriously infrequent blogger. I was in the mood for a post, and decided to give a few tips on keeping a notebook.

As most of you know, I'm a writer. Actually, that sounds pretty glorified considering I haven't published anything (yet!). I also haven't posted any poetry or prose on this blog before, as I'm shy when it comes to my own writing. I don't find anything worthy enough at the moment to share with everyone.  But, I have been using notebooks to store my thoughts from the very beginning.

So, let's get down to it.


Right. So notebooks with pretty covers are great, but if the line spacing is too wide or too narrow, you're going to have some trouble. Find what you're comfortable with--lined, grid, or blank paper, and use it. Don't sacrifice actual writing for aesthetic.

I purchased a black Midori Traveler's Notebook early February, and have been using it ever since. You can get it much cheaper on other sites--I received mine for a fraction of the cost from Blinq--because in essence, it's a flap of leather with a few elastic bands. But I like how I can travel with it and it becomes marked up with scratches, a lasting memory of places I have gone. I also appreciated the concept of adding and removing inner notebooks once they are completed. I know that some people can get intimidated by a large blank book, so having smaller inserts makes writing easier. I will be using this leather cover for years, I'm sure. My Midori is mainly for journal entries--thoughts throughout the day. I use mainly composition notebooks for serious novels.

So, if you are purchasing an expensive notebook, make sure it's what you really want. I suggest using a regular notebook and getting into the habit of writing until you're sure you want something more luxurious. You don't want to buy something to later chuck away because you haven't been using it (cough cough past self).


You want to write whenever you have something to write. The reason I prefer physical writing over typing is because I can access a notebook anytime. It' also feels much more real. I may not have a Backspace, but it's nice to look back to scrawled writing, crossed out errors, etc.

Therefore, your notebook needs to be available. Make sure it's a suitable size to fit into your backpack or purse. I always remember to grab my notebook along with my pocketbook and a novel when I leave the house because I always have and this dude happened to do the same.


Pretty self-explanatory. If you're gonna write, have something to write with.

Make sure it's something you want to write with, as well. I hate pencils because the scratchy nose and the fact that they become blunt is irritating to me. I use them when I have to, such as on math exams and whatnot, but when writing in other classes I always use pen. I prefer gel pens because I like how smoothly the ink glides over paper.


If you're always focusing on whether or not your handwriting is neat, then you won't spend so much time on your own thoughts. Pretty is nice, but life isn't always pretty. Sometimes you do your best in cursive. Sometimes illegibility takes over.


If you want to develop the habit of writing, then you need to write daily. Some people allot a certain time frame for writing each day, but I'm unable to do that. So I write every day, whenever I have the time. Some days it's only a little, other days it's a lot. What matters is the fact that you do it.


I will be doing a post in the future on why you should write...why it's a good skill to have and what it can do for you.
I hope this post gets you thinking about wanting to keep a notebook, at least! And if you already do, I would love to hear about it.
Also~ can't wait to catch up on blog reading!


  1. This is such a great post, it's so nice to see you back! I have so many notebooks lying around my house, more than I know what to do with ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

  2. MJ, it is so good to see you back... I agree with writing daily, I don't always these days but for a couple of years I did and it helped with my writing growth. I look back and see how much better of a writer that I have become. I may not sit down and blog or write personally daily but I am always thinking about writing... getting inspired ... I write notes or save quotes that speak to me... I look forward to your post, I hope one day you share some of what you write xox

  3. I would love to see more of your Midori! I don't know if I should cave and buy one, because I'm searching for a better planner system and most organizers I've come across don't have that same "refillable" and rugged sort of aesthetic. Do you use your Midori as a planner, too? Or for writing prompts, etc? I would love if you could do a post explaining how exactly you use it! :)

  4. MJ, I am so happy to see a comment from you on my blog, you don't know how much I've missed you. I've thought about you over the past year or so, hoping that you are doing well. My health is getting better slowly.... I too mid blogging and the blogging world .... pain has taKen far too much of my life. I'm writing this weekend and feeling excited about it. Chat with you soon xox ♡♡♡


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