The First Rule of Writing

Sometimes a quote pops up on social media and makes you halt the endless doom-scrolling. This happened to me today with this:

I love notebooks. Always have. When I was younger I used to often save my money for shiny new stationery or notebooks. Whilst most kids dreaded the end of the summer holidays and the inevitable return to school, I loved it, and the highlight, getting your new school things for the year ahead.

Over the years, I have got slightly fussier, I now have notebook preferences. Ideally, I like a hardback and it has to close (ideally with a magnetic fastening or an elastic one), this keeps my stash of post-its in there until I do something with them. I prefer plain or even better dotted to lined, as it allows me more creativity.

My husband even knows, any pretty notebooks are always welcome gifts (although they may be for admiration purposes only rather than actually written in).

With a busy household, it’s not too often I find myself alone, so I often have to snatch these moments here and there, with a handy notebook to hand ready to catch any ideas at the time.

Some people hit the gym, the pub, do yoga or many other hobbies that give them the time to themselves that we all need, for me, it is writing. That’s the place I am most at peace.

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Over to you, do you love a notebook and have a preference of style? How do you relax?

Originally written in response to:


13 thoughts on “The First Rule of Writing

  1. I used to keep a Moan Book in which I wrote down anything that was bothering or annoying me. The following day or maybe the day after Id read it, feel better and rip the pages out. Notebooks are great for that. Thanks for including the 3TC

  2. I used to be obsessed with stationary and buy the most beautiful notebooks. They were so extraordinarily beautiful, that I didn’t dare to spoil them with my writing. Now, I simply buy generic A4 school jotters, and fill them without hesitation. For me, the nice notebooks don’t work. I need standard, no frills jotters! Still love looking at beautiful stationary… but once I start drooling, I know it’s time to step away… This post really resonated with me. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I used to love pretty notebooks but now I write everything on my phone, in notes. I guess looking after so many things begins to effect the love of collecting things. Thanks KL for joining in

  4. Oh no you don’t.
    You will not so easily tempt me back to an addiction I fought long and hard to contain.
    For years the next best thing to a book, was a notebook.
    Then computers came within reach and with them, word processing software – yumm…
    The notebook drive had to yield to the clearly better way to manage my writings – so I beat on it until I had it trapped.
    Now, I only buy notebooks if I have a specific use ready & waiting.
    So. All that said leaves me only needing to say that I’m going to commemorate your article with buying no more than 3 new notebooks- but that’s it.
    So there. . .
    Okay, maybe 4 if I find a perfect pocket sized one with a pen pocket in the spline.

  5. I LOVE this! When I was a young girl I bought lovely stationery frequently–we all wrote actual letters then, before email and texting. And when you mentioned Post-its I had to smile–it’s hard to corral mine, but now that you mention keeping them in a notebook, that might just be the solution 🙂

  6. Lol, I love me my bunch of notebooks, but they’re overshadowed by my love of pens, mostly because of the paper. Some paper can handle my favourite pens and ink, others can’t, and for those, I’ll need to dive down the rabbit hole of nib widths and ink viscosity and I sometimes feel that I should spend my time on the actual writing instead, lol. Anyway, thanks for this post!

    1. Haha – notebook vs pen. Which love is greater? I’ve found my perfect pen, I love the frixion serious and unfortunately, nothing’s come close to beating it (for me). I even got my husband onto them whilst he was at university and he is a convert too. Unfortunately, that now means my beloved treasures go missing into his collection – haha. Thank you for your great comment.

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