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    How many notebooks do you own?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by purplewabbit, Jan 11, 2013.

    Hi all

    This is just a quick question for the sake of an article I'm writing. We're all writers on here and writers own notebooks that they jot ideas down in, right? Or perhaps you keep journals? I'm 24 years old and I own 26 notebooks - not all of them are full but they are for different things: some are journals, some are for story ideas, some for article ideas, song lyrics etc. I've only been 'seriously' notebooking for three years so I think this is quite a lot of notebooks to have accumulated in that time.

    Or is it? Does anyone on here own more and how long has this 'habit' been ongoing? Am I a FREAK?!

    Looking forward to your replies!

    Nicola x
     
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    I had notebooks when I was travelling due to the lack of a PC; I went through a lot but that was over 6 months. Now I have a laptop for *ahem* 'work' which serves the same purpose, and a blackberry for typing out ideas on the go.
     
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    My grandma, coming from the Great Depression, developed an almost compulsive need to buy paper. For whatever reason, I inherited this. I have an entire bookcase filled with notebooks and different blends of paper. The sad thing is that most of them are blank as my writing is done mostly on computer now. But I feel the need to have the ability to write things on paper if I need to.
     
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    Thanks for your reply, Scarfe. I too have a laptop and a phone for taking notes but there's something about the acting of writing in a notepad... it slows things right down and my thoughts seem to... unfurl more. I insist, at the very least, of writing in my journal at the end of each day. Sometimes it's nice to have a break from the computer screen.
     
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    'Compulsive' is an interesting word Drusy - my thing with writing in notebooks is almost like a compulsion sometimes. I do most of my 'proper' writing on my laptop but I use notebooks for jotting ideas when I'm away from the computer screen, and also for my journals. Also, notebooks can have a certain aesthetic appeal can't they?
     
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    I'm 1/2 way to 28 and have 7 active notebooks, 3 in retirement (finally filled them to capacity), and 1 I just started yesterday for a dream I had about a town during the Depression era. If I include my diaries, that makes 7 in retirement.

    If I include the files on my laptop I continuously add to, and each file is considered a 'notebook', then I have something around 14 active notebooks. I can't remember the exact number right now because I'm at work, but you get the idea ;)
     
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    I have two. One of them is filled with random ideas and passages. The other still has about 100 or so blank pages, and I keep this one in my nightstand drawer just in case I want to write something when I'm in bed.

    I should add that I do most of my writing on my computer.
     
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    I have dozens. I can't count them all right now because they're scattered all over the house. Most aren't full. I love notebooks, and I use all kinds - regular size spiral bound, pocket sized Moleskines (I love these - they have tassel bookmarks and elastics to hold them closed), stenographer's notepads (I wrote the entire first draft of my novel in a series of these), and so on. The ones I've bought most recently are kind of expensive, because they have hard backs so I don't need a clipboard or anything to write in them.

    I'm always making notes of story ideas, and I almost always use notebooks for that. I just can't get used to the idea of keeping notes on a computer.
     
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    When I want to safe the note, I write an article and put it somewhere where somebody wants it. If its not about two birds with one stone, I just don't do it.
     
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    I only have one, it's full. I do nearly all my writing on the computer. I should add that my handwriting is an abomination from the deep dungeons of Hades.
     
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    I have "notebooks" everywhere, all over the house. Some spiral and lined, some glued and unlined, small journal styles, index cards, napkins, etc. I don't know what's in each one, I just grab something when I need to write and I use whichever page(s) I'm writing on during a project while I'm on that project, and then that's it. I write all of my songs by hand on paper in a spiral bound, college ruled notebook, but I write my fiction stories on the computer (desktop or laptop depending on my mood) and I have "reams" of note pages in digital form as well.
     
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    I forgot to mention that I have lots of incoherent or single paragraph word files, equivalent of a notebook, I also do have a notebook by my bed in case I have a dream that is so dam real I might be able to recreate it in some small way (normally they are just absurd in the -cliche alert- cold light). I do not keep a journal because frankly cut and paste would speed matters up a great deal for most days.
     
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    A box full. Unfortunately they're multi-purpose filled with shopping lists, book must-haves, movie must-rents and notes like don't
    forget to pick up light bulbs - but inbetween this junk are loads of mini scenes, ideas, observations, lines of conversation for
    my characters and plots.
     
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    Off the top of my head? I have twenty some-on spiral single subject notebooks, two three subject notebooks, a 4in binder full of blank paper, one binder full of old story ideas, six composition notebooks, a box of printed out writing scenes, a full manuscript in a box, and one writing tablet. All of which are dedicated to writing. They're a mess too.
    I don't usually tend to seperate my story ideas into seperate notebooks because I tend to just grab the closest one I have and start writing out what's on my mind. Recently though, I have tried to seperate my writing skits from my actual story ideas, so they occupy most of the notebooks. I do have one notebook that has the start of a story in it (five chapters in) that I haven't used for anything else. The small writing tablet I have is mostly for on the go cases where I get an idea while I'm out running errands.
    Oh! I also have a locker-sized dry erase board from Wal-Mart that I use for writing/drawing. It works great when you just want to write down a quick note/idea.
     
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    I honestly didn't realize (I was forced to put a z rather than an s in this, dam yanks) people really kept diaries. I kinda thought it was one of those myths. Really is interesting to see how many do.
     
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    I think I have about 10-15, at age 14. I really love my notebooks but I hardly ever write in them anymore. They're all multi-purpose notebooks, but mainly focused on writing.
     
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    haha at age 14 I was a county swimmer, then I found beer and cigarettes. Anyway, my point is, don't do it, I regret it, bad point made badly.
     
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    Trust me, beer and cigarettes don't really attract me too much... I can't say the same for the people in my classes, though xD
     
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    Off the top of my head? 14 or so.

    A lot of them aren't full (or even half way), I just like having them around the house. And I buy more whenever there's a sale. Most of my plot bunnies are typed on the computer, but the actual writing part -- the first draft and revising -- I do in notebooks. Computers distract me easily.
     
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    Problem is with comps that you end up chatting on forums when you should be writing.
     
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    that sounds interesting and something that should be in fantasy book ;)
     
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    I have no idea, they are all over the place; it's the same with pens and pencils, but the thing is I prefer to write directly onto my laptop.
     
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    did I write the last idiot remark? Sorry. Well the answer is twelve
     
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    My poor notebook is lying open next to me, begging me to finish the damn chapter already. Story of his life.
     
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    ...none... i start writing whenever i have something worth writing and i keep writing till i finish it... i don't keep notebooks full of bits of stuff that will never get developed into complete pieces of work...
     

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