I try not to spend too much time at my desk. That means I’m often writing when I’m out and about, so a good notebook is very important. It has to be practical. Not too heavy. Not too small. And preferably, of course, black.
I started off with a classic Moleskine pocket notebook: 9x14cm, hardback, with an internal pocket for ephemera and an elastic strap to stop everything falling out. It was a beautiful object – so beautiful, in fact, that I felt guilty writing in it.
So I switched to something less precious. Moleskine’s lightweight paperback ruled journal is bigger (A5), flimsier, and altogether more disposable. It fits in the back pocket of my jeans and I don’t feel too bad if it gets crumpled. I can write what I think, even if it’s just a vague idea that leads nowhere. It lets me express myself.
Written by writer: David Varela