Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Tuesday Talk Back: Moving from one notebook to the next – what is your process?



Do you have any special processes or rituals that you perform when you move out of one notebook and into a new one?

I usually get pretty antsy when I’m closing in on the end of a book. I’ll count the pages and think about how long it might be until I finish it. If it’s near the end of the year or some other significant date, I may try to specifically time the move from one to the next to coincide with that event. This may require either an extended session of stream-of-consciousness style writing to fill up the final pages, or on other occasions, I’ve used the last few pages to paste in various mementos like ticket stubs, photos, etc.

Do you know what new notebook you are going to move into? Sometimes I do not. There have been times when I’ve used the same style journal over and over, and other times I like to change things up with size, or paper type.

Sometimes when moving in/out of a new book, I’ll either draw, or add meaningful mantras or prayers to the beginning/end papers of the book because it helps me to be more connected to my process.

3 thoughts on “Tuesday Talk Back: Moving from one notebook to the next – what is your process?

  1. At the end of each of my notebooks I write only one sentence – “Just keep moving forward, never stop!” and at the beginning – “I’m glad I see you again darling” :). Hope you like it :)

  2. This isn’t really a problem for me as I never seem to finish one. I have probably 6-7 active notepads, journals, notebooks. Usually when I run across a notepad I have neglected I tear out all of the no longer relevant pages, then start over. When I find a journal/notebook I had started, it was usually for some specific purpose, dream journal, travel journal, sketchnoting journal. They tend to have about 15 pages taken up in them dedicated to their purpose before it just starts becoming random workplace notes about IP addresses and ticket numbers and impromptu gant charts. I don’t have the heart to tear those pages out in most cases, but in most cases I’ve moved onto some other notebook, so my stack of half used books is littered between the office, car, home office, bedroom and probably a few places I don’t know about.

  3. I have a collection of notebooks (A5 for journaling) and I choose a new one when there are four or five pages to go in case I need to continue a stream of thought… Also I have a collection of postcards and if there is only one page left I may post one in that reflects the ending of the journal… The pages must be blank so I can draw and scribble and I number the pages if it isn’t done already. Then I’m raring to go. I don’t mind the “newness” as I’ve got past worrying about the quality of what I write….

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