Here’s what a year of my notebooks looks like. This year I needed them more than ever.
The big ones are my diaries, the medium-sized one is my logbook, and the little ones are my pocket notebooks. (Before 100 people email me: Here’s a list of all my favorite gear.)
Yes, I keep three notebooks. A notebook turducken.
I carry the pocket notebook around all day and scribble every dumb thought I have as the day progresses.
I write or draw 3+ pages every morning in the diary. (Here’s an example of what it looks like inside and why I keep one.)
I usually start a notebook with a guardian spirit.
I have a silly ritual of weighing my notebook before and after I use it.
When I can’t write or draw, I make collages.
I’ve been keeping a notebook for almost 25 years now. And yes, I do re-read them — they’re where many things in my books begin.
If you’re looking for a New Year’s Resolution, keeping a daily notebook is a pretty solid one. It can be hard to get started, so a few years ago, I made The Steal Like An Artist Journal to help. Start with just one page a day and go from there. You might be surprised where your notebook takes you.
Filed under: Notebooks. (h/t to Mo Willems for the idea)