Blank notebooks are my favorites. You know the ones—the hardcover ones, the leather ones, the ones that cost an arm and a leg in Barnes & Noble but have the prettiest covers and come with little red ribbons attached to the spine to use for bookmarks. Ever since my family and friends figured out that I liked writing and reading (so a long time ago), I’ve been getting blank notebooks as gifts. And to be fair, I’ve also been buying them for myself. I walk into A.C. Moore and stop dead in my tracks to pick out like four blank notebooks when they have a sale.
Now, I don’t have a bullet journal. I’ve thought about it, but have never made it work for me. I also do most of my writing on my laptop. (This may or may not have led to years of tendonitis in my wrists, but I work with what I’ve got). So my eternal question has been how do I use this extensive collection of blank notebooks?
- I keep a diary. It’s sporadic. But it’s taken care of a solid 15 blank notebooks so far.
- Idea journals, specifically for ideas for writing stories and Book Riot articles.
- Fifteen-minute writing prompts—yes, I have a journal that is only for this, and it must be separate from the idea journal notebook.
- A way to keep track of the books I’ve read—I like GoodReads, but I also like to jot down mostly incomprehensible notes about the books I’ve read recently.
- Notes (this feels obvious).
- Writing the next great American novel—but then forgetting about it. I have notebooks that I’ve used up like three pages of, and then I don’t know what else to do with it.
- You could probably put pictures in them, or use them as memory books in some way.
- You can copy poems or passages of things into them.
- Commonpiece books—on a similar note, Commonpiece books are specifically for quotes, recipes, pictures, and a hodgepodge of different things.
- Or nothing at all! They’re pretty and great for display.