"The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible." -Vladimir Nobokov

Friday, August 19, 2011

Confessions of a Notebook Addict (Part One)

Another lost soul :)
Picture this: You're in a book store. You wander past the coffee shop and browse the titles on the best seller table. You wonder how any author ever gets published, when there are already so many books in the world. Trying to escape the sinking feeling in your stomach you make a beeline for the stationary department. And then it hits you. The sight is like seeing the grand canyon for the first time, or staring at a field of wildflowers. Your breath is taken away for a moment and your heart skips a beat. Why? Because in front of you is a wall of journals and notebooks, big and small, with designs ranging from cutesy pictures of kittens to engraved leather bindings. But the best part is that they're all just sitting there, waiting to be taken home and filled to the brim with happy words and sad words and maybe some best seller worthy words. That realization is all it takes, and you're hooked. Like me.

I am notebook obsessed. Those empty pages are like a promise. A promise of all the good things I will ever write, all the ideas I will ever have. For more balanced people, a good notebook is something they choose with care, and once they have it, they use it. See, that's where having a notebook problem is a bad thing. After the first few pages of a new journal are used up, the promise is broken. Or at least not as magical. So I am constantly on the look out for new notebooks and fresh promises. At home, my notebook collection is overflowing- and almost none of them are filled up- most haven't even gotten past fifty pages. What's a girl to do?

Truth be told, I have improved somewhat. I have one journal that I've finished and another one that's almost done (put together they chronicle my life from 6th grade to present day-pretty impressive right?) and I have been working toward writing down ideas and tid bits of conversation in a small notebook that fits in my purse. Still, you only have to look in my bookshelves and under my bed to see the evidence of who I truly am- a notebook addict.

But wait! What's this? There's hope for all you other notebook addicts out there? That's right! In Part Two of this post I'll be giving you creative ideas for filling up all those empty  pages,  because even broken promises can be mended.


  1. This is great Laura. It's so true: how ARE any writers published? Enjoying your blog (and thanks for the link :)

  2. Thanks for taking to the time to comment! I've been enjoying your blog also, and I've been trying to make more time for writing practice. (Even though my life's about to get even crazier with the start of my junior year!) I'll keep at it though! Thanks again for the support. It means a lot. :)