Notebook Talk

Like many writers and non-writers alike, I have an office supply problem. I enjoy looking at office supplies and more importantly, I enjoy purchasing them. And as my wife will attest, I have expensive tastes. There are some people who’ll wait for the return to school sales and purchase composition notebooks for less than $1 and pencils or pens for even less.

Not me.

I like high-performance mechanical pencils, absurdly expensive Moleskine notebooks and name brand Oxford neon index cards. I’m picky about what I use because I expect durability and reliability. If I’m using them daily, why shouldn’t I? I can’t be the only one, RIGHT?

XL Moleskine

My experience with Moleskine notebooks is somewhat varied. Over time, I’ve developed a preference for hardcovers. I find them more satisfying than the softcovers, the cahiers or the volant types. Plus, they seem to hold up better in the long run.

The large-sized Moleskine is by far the most common size, but for this novel, I decided to try out the XL size. I’m so glad I did! I never realized how constrained I felt until I began to write in the XL notebook. Honestly, I’m not sure I’ll ever go back to using the large-sized notebooks ever again. I can’t fathom folks who write in the smaller pocket-sized.

Pen Quiver

The downside to using the XL size Moleskine is that it doesn’t have the accessories that the other notebook sizes do. For my large notebook, I have what Moleskine calls a Tool Belt. It’s basically a strap that attaches to the front cover that allows you to store stuff and carry a pen or pencil. The XL size doesn’t have anything like that.

Because of that, I’ve had to somehow carry my pencil and eraser pen everywhere I’ve gone so that I could write. I assure you, it’s been more of a pain in the butt than you think. Hint: They are easy to misplace or leave behind.

Luckily, the folks over at Quiver had a solution for me. I should point out that most of their products are made from leather. While they look nice, I didn’t want to hurt any animals to solve my writing utensil problems. It turns out they made a nylon version, and that’s what I decided to pick up.

I received it earlier this week and let me tell you; IT’S AWESOME.


I’ve yapped about pencils, notebooks and pen quivers but have I actually done anything this week? Well, yes. You didn’t think I was procrastinating, did you? Don’t answer that.

Not including the copious amount of scene notes I took, I ended up with around eight pages written for the week. That equates to around 2,400 words. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but for us #turtlewriters, that’s pretty good. If I keep that up, I’ll have this draft finished in a year. *faints*

That’s a long time, isn’t it?

4 thoughts on “Notebook Talk

  1. *grabs bottle of smelling salts & waves them under nose of blogger lying prone on the ground*
    Hey, Ryan! All this time I’ve been writing all my research notes in a series of ancient, ex-school exercise books – so this is where I’ve been going wrong, is it? If I splash out & buy one of these fancy Moleskine ones instead, I’m going to rediscover my writing mojo, am I? Yay!
    Where’s my credit card? Why is OH turning pale?

    PS No, a year is NOT a very long time by #turtlewriters standards!

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  2. Great read! It’s interesting to see what other writers use. I’ve discovered the notebook I love rather recently, and I’ll be blogging about writer’s notebooks next week (it was my second choice for this week).

    I haven’t used a moleskin notebook… Hmmmm….

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