Julia Cameron might have room to store stuff like this ad infinitum, but I don’t. Anything useful I’ve long since turned into drafts or transferred to a To Do list (I keep a few Post-It type flags in the front of each notebook so I don’t lose good ideas) so I’m ruthlessly Cleaning Things Out.
I am resolutely NOT revisiting the past, but I have noticed, as I have been feeding pages into the recycling bin, that my handwriting was a lot clearer when I first started, probably because I was writing more slowly. In the past year I’ve been making a conscious effort to write as fast as I can because it is supposed to be more useful to write without thinking about it and see what happens. One day I finished all three pages in seven minutes (that was this week, not in the days when I was doing college-ruled one-subject notebooks. Those could take 45 minutes to an hour.)
As you might be able to see in the top row of the photo, I started out in wide-ruled one-subject notebooks my kids didn’t fill up at the end of the school year (some have drawings of tie fighters inside the back cover). I progressed to college-ruled when my husband finally de-accessed some of his college notes. And then I discovered more compact, twin-coil bound notebooks that have three advantages: cheery covers, a compact size that fits easily in a backpack or computer bag, and a coil big enough to fit a pen inside so there’s not bleary-eyed search for a writing implement at 6:15 a.m. Helpful hint: the best selection is available in August; by the time the Back-to-School sales are over with, the best covers are gone.
For what it’s worth, I’m now coming to the end of notebook #27. Can you find it in the photo?
Addendum: If you count more than 27 notebooks in the photo,
you really need to get a life it’s because a few of the old ones had only a few pages left so I considered them as one (for example, #5, #5a, and #5b).
© 2012 Anne Bingham and Making It Up as I Go