Personal preferences, and you should try several to find yours.
I like grids or dots best, or blank.
Must take fountain pens… though some bleed can be tolerated — I use fat juicy pens!
I want it big enough to write a lot in, but not too big.
MUST. LAY. FLAT.
I like bound journals, but not essential.
I like a pockets in a journal, though I can add my own.
I like sturdy closures of some sort.
These red/grey/black Cadic or Okina journals
(above and at the end of Daily Journal, 2) are still my favorite journals.
After trying out several new journals I am going back to them once
I get through some of the others I have bought.
Their size is a bit bigger than the 5×8 (A5 in a Dingbat above) — 7×10 (a true B5).
OE or OKINA NOTEBOOKS (also known as CADIC) can be bought at WetPaint.
Flax may carry them in-store, or contact Bud Felson 505-310-3746
I’ve enjoyed Dingbat Journals, but like the little bit bigger size of a true B5.
If I was not going back to Cadic I’d buy more of them.
I wish they had a few more nice colors, but I love that they are environmentally friendly.
And while Archer and Olive makes a beautiful journal, they are just not my cup of tea.
I am using the ones I have for special projects…
I think finding a journal you like is important,
may not be able to be put into words.
Get over that “i’m-not-worthy” feeling of
having a beautiful or wonderful journal
and you don’t have the right or best words to put in it…
What do I do if I start a journal and HATE it?
I repurpose it. I do not ruin my writing for several months with the dang thing.
I mean more to me than that.
Sometimes it goes into our finish room or some such place for note-taking
(minus my person pages!)
WHERE do I journal?
I like a good spot to journal…
wow my mind immediately
went to the ocean. But then it would, beachgurl that I am!
Most times it is in bed before
the day starts, or at its end.
Fewer chance of interruptions.
If I am not moved to journal, which is rare, I do it anyway.
I take 15 minutes at beginning
and end of the day and give it a go.
I have a Post-it list of things
to write about at the back but I rarely use it. I also like to have a clean creative place to journal — and so my painting desk is often a journaling spot in our studio, but…
Never ever at my business desk. Too distracting.
I also like coffeehouses. I stay away from bakeries, too tempting.
Also, if I go to a coffee house or travel that is the only time my journal
leaves my home… I really don’t want to lose it.
That is just me. Toooooo much information in that journal.
I’m not talking about a kid,
or if you live with roommates and peeps come and go.
By all means, in those cases, lock it up.
But I know if I had to worry about my mate not respecting my privacy
I’d have to take another look at my mate!
I personally (not saying you have to be this way) don’t care if Mitchell reads mine
but if I asked him not to he would not… trust is important in mates.
I think it is important that you do not have to edit what you write in your journal.
“Memory is more indelible than ink.”
Anita Loos, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
“I think not….”
Me… why I journal!
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