Although I would class my computer as an essential writer’s tool, I still do a lot of writing the old-fashioned way with paper and pen. I use:
- A4 pads of lined paper for very rough first drafts, research notes, character sketches and working out story plans
- A5 hardback books for jotting down story/ article ideas, fragments of dreams, funny signs, unusual words, surprising facts or anything else I find and want to keep because it might be useful or inspirational one day
- Small notebooks with flexible covers that fit into my camera bag when I’m travelling light
When I need to buy another notepad or book I only look for one thing – the price. The cheaper the better! I don’t care what colour the cover is, or if it has a brand name. I just want something I can fill with scribbles without having to worry about spelling mistakes and crossing-outs and doodles in the margin. Nobody else is going to see it.
But look what my sister gave me
I love these little books with their embroidered covers – they’re just under 4 x 3 inches – but I have no idea what to do with them. They’re much too beautiful for ordinary writing.
They’re certainly books I want to keep, so perhaps I could fill them with some of my favourite poems or quotations. I’d have to use my best handwriting, of course.
The pages are made of smooth, unlined paper that would be perfect for drawings – or even miniature watercolours – although I don’t think my artistic skills would do them justice.
An address book? Woe betide anyone who moved or changed their phone number because I wouldn’t want to make any alterations!
A mini travel journal? It would have to be to somewhere very special …
Until I decide, I’ve put them on display on a shelf. They’re too lovely to be shut away in a drawer.
Do you use notebooks? What kind? Do beautiful designer books inspire or inhibit your creativity?