Do you ever find yourself jotting down random words at a moment’s notice–not sentences, but just disconnected words?
I use little moleskine notebooks to write in while I’m away from my laptop. It comes into use on the subways, in stores, on the street, and yeah, even at home just for taking notes while reading, etc. It’s my brainstorm and development space.
I use the front of the book to take real ideas down, to develop characters, to pose questions, and to make story line notes. And I use the back for words. Some words just for their sounds or meanings. Others as part of a process of finding names within. Names of characters and places…
I just went over to Barnes and Noble today to buy another notebook; mine’s coming close to depletion. And now that I actually find myself doing real research, I got an extra little notebook–half the size at 80 pages–just for research-related questions.
I know there are folks who’ll say that the moleskine books are gimmicks, but you know what: they’re strong, flexible, open properly and don’t crack. Plus they have that awesome band that allows you to keep it shut tight and also hold your pen inside when you’re done writing. What’s not to love? 🙂
Well, okay, the price. The 192 page books are $10.95. Two 80 pagers cost $8.95. But I’m willing to make the investment. They’re just that convenient, useful and..awesome. 🙂
I love writing! I love researching! I love little moleskine books! 🙂
For a laugh, check out this site: Stuff White People Like: Moleskine Notebooks.