There is something about a clean, crisp, brand new notebook. The pages are untouched, they line up perfectly with one another. It’s like clean sheet night for writers. The only thing that is better is writing in that notebook with a beautiful, smooth pen.
When was the last time that you sat down and wrote something? I’m not talking about a shopping list either. It’s been a while for me. I collect beautiful notebooks and fill them with lists. It almost seems like a travesty, such a waste.
Up until a few years ago, before the portable digital world took over, I wrote in a journal every day. I wrote for my mental health case manager. I was much better at articulating my feelings with the written word than the spoken one. Then the case managers got increasingly worse, falling asleep, not turning up for appointments and finally discharging me despite my GP at the time not being happy with handling the care. So the journals didn’t seem important anymore.
I still have all of those journals. They’re packed away in a bag. They aren’t special looking notebooks, they’re simple and that makes them all the more important somehow. I carried one with me at most times, they’re battered with time. I mostly wrote at night but there were times when two or three entries could be found for each day. It’s interesting how the digital form is so entrenched in my mind now because I almost wrote post instead of entries.
It’s interesting to see the growth of my understanding of the way my mind words. As I got older, the writing tended to be less angry, more despondent. It’s interesting that even now my writing follows similar patterns.
During the ‘Why I Write‘ blog hop, I discovered that a blogger (who I cannot for the life of me remember the name of, so if it’s you then please let me know and I’ll add your link) writes all of their blog posts by hand. I thought it was such a great idea.
I find that the words do seem to flow more easily when I am writing with good old fashioned pen and paper. There is also just something so spectacular about the whole process. Although I don’t remember my hand cramping up this quickly when I used to write in my journal!
Do you keep a handwritten journal? When was the last time you wrote more than a shopping list?
Linking up with Jess for IBOT.