Notebooks, Sketchbooks, Journals...
I've recently had an interesting back and forth with writer on Instagram about our many uses of journals and notebooks, and the different ways we use them to plot (or not).
I've said before that when I'm outlining and plotting I want the 100 page spiral because of the size, the ease, and because it is NOT pleasing to look at or touch. I feel more freedom to write garbage in it. That's me.
The writer I spoke with likes to use the nice ones to write out the first draft of his story. There IS something undeniably pleasurable about opening up a leather-bound when you're out somewhere and scribbling down a description of setting, jotting down some overheard dialogue, or even sketching out a scene on a blank page.
I always take one camping or have one with me at the coffee shop (pre-COVID- *sigh*). But my conversations with other writers has got me thinking that I need to go on more walks to places where I can sketch and jot down those vivid details that can turn a good piece of description into a tactile one, or setting that comes alive through smell and sound.
What are some other ways writers use notebooks, and do you share the same affinity to soft leather or is it only what's inside that counts?