Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, writing-related question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.
QUESTION: It’s back-to-school time, so let’s talk about notebooks. Do you prefer hardbound, spiral, looseleaf, or some other type?
Jamie Wallace: Well, Wendy wrote a pretty comprehensive post early on in our Live 2 Write-Write 2 Live history about her quest for the perfect notebook; but when it comes to back-to-school season, there’s always something more to be said. It wasn’t until recent years that my daughter has been old enough to require the annual trip to Staples for a few shopping bags full of notebooks, crayons, markers, and gluesticks. This year, she’s entering the third grade (yikes!) and I’m already looking forward to the end-of-summer pilgrimage. When it comes to notebooks, I’m all about the spiral bound. I love the look of the perfect bound and stitched notebooks, but I need something that lies flat. I also like a cover with some backbone to it. Lastly, I like pretty notebooks. If a store carries a nice selection of designs, I can easily find myself headed to the checkout line with a half dozen new notebooks in-hand. There’s just something about all that crisp, clean, empty space. It’s utterly irresistible. My current favorites are the Sustainable Earth collection from Staples. I hope they never stop making these.
Deborah Lee Luskin: Oh, how I love a notebook, let me count the ways: miniature loose-leaf (my first, age nine); green (paper and cover) spiral bound, throughout high school; bound chemistry lab books through college; typed and bound through graduate school; a few arty, hard bound blank books now and again; but mostly, a motley variety of wire bound notebooks. I prefer the half-sheet side, and used to only buy college ruled paper. No longer. Now, I keep a small notebook in the car, another I try to carry with me. These are for ideas I want to capture when I’m out and about. I type my journal into my laptop – it’s part of my ritual for arriving at my desk and tapping into my imagination.
Julie Hennrikus: I find that nice journals and notebooks often go barely used. They don’t feel worthy of my scribblings. I know, I know. I love speckled composition books. They are a great size, sturdy, cheap this time of year, and can go anywhere. I also love moleskin books–pricier, but wonderful for travel journals, etc.
Lisa J. Jackson: This time of year is bad for me…all the back to school sales with great prices on notebooks is just SO enticing! Spiral bound are the cleanest for me, as a lefty, but I love the hard cover composition notebooks. Just this year I recently started using a lot of flip pads – no bindings to worry about. Last year I found a wonderful folio where the flip pad can be on the right side or the left, which also makes writing easier. Loose papers are not an option, even if I have 3-ring binders to put the pages in. I’m just not that efficient. I have too many notebooks to possibly fill, and I’m about to buy more. I’m a writer…they’re notebooks, how can I resist? :)