Having the courage to admit that you’re wrong (about notebooks)

Posted July 13, 2018 in Diary, work  |  1 Comment so far

In 2013 I wrote a blog post about how I was only going to buy cheap notebooks.

My rationale at the time was that a high-quality notebook repelled low-quality content; in other words, that my reluctance to scribble half-formed thoughts and sketches on such a pristine medium undermines the very purpose of having a notebook in the first place. A cheap notebook, on the other hand, would offer a less judgemental home for incoherent scrawls, and so I would be encouraged to write and draw in it all the time without fear of my contributions being put to shame by the paper on which they were borne.

I can now look back and say that I was categorically wrong about all of this and, what’s more, that my flirtation with cheap notebooks didn’t last. In around 2015 I ditched them and before long I found myself drawing and sketching far more than I’d ever done before. Moleskines (which I was in the habit of buying when I wrote the abovementioned blog post) were replaced by Leuchtturm notebooks and since then I haven’t looked back. I now always have an A4 and an A5 Leuchtturm1917, both dotted: the latter to carry around and take notes, the former for more serious in-depth sketching.

Pokémon and diagrams

And it’s not even more expensive either. The Leuchtturm paper is extremely thin so a single notebook lasts for a long time. The A5 one I’ve got with me now was first used in January 2017 (I know because I write the date on every page) and it’s only now in July 2018 that it’s running out of space. And I’ve used it a lot.

So that’s it, I just wanted to make it known that I recant the blog post of 2013 and am back on the side of decent notebooks.

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  1. NCW
    June 21, 2019 at 11:38 am [ Permalink

    my problem is losing the notebooks, getting new ones and then carrying on the same thread, then finding the old ones and carrying on the now tangental threadfrom that one, if there had ever been any kind of thread at all. I wish i could sew and vivisect them all together because then there may be some point or coherence to some of it. Or then again, none whatsoever.

    I should start dating every page tho. And i bought a Cat Kitson notebook in 2017 and it’s full of illegible gibberish so i’m not afraid of ruining high quality merch with low quality splurge.

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