1. Adair

    Cheap yellow legal pads for first drafts and regular American marbled composition books. When on the road, Field Notes, Moleskine, or Ampad Reporter notebooks. Rhodia is great paper but too expensive. Same for those beautiful Postalco notebooks. The more costly and unusual a notebook or pad is, the more self-conscious and hesitant you might become as a writer.

  2. I’m using my Moleskine (prefer Field Notes, but gotta use my stock up somehow) to jot ideas and a legal pad for long for writing. I find that steno pads work pretty well, too. They have enough space to write longform and can still fit in a bag.

  3. I’ve got two packets of school exercise books purchased from my local Sainsbury’s. That seems to be the thing for the first draft; I should finish writing my plan and notes in my Moleskine, though.

    • It’s getting hard to find those in the US without spirals (and really junky spirals at that). I miss the unlined “copybooks” I used to find in college. The bookstore had a stock that I think I was the only person to take advantage of, until they were gone in my junior year.

  4. For NaNoWriMo, it’s basic composition books for me. I already know about how many words-per-page I write, making it easy to keep a running count, the wide ruling allows for relaxed handwriting, they have a bit of a margin for notes, and they’re the perfect size for schlepping around: big enough that they don’t feel cramped when I’m writing in ’em, but small enough to slide easily into my bag. I number the pages for easy word estimates. I should just need two, since each holds roughly 30,000 words. And I have…um…more than two, so that won’t be a problem.

    I also carry around a small Moleskine for capturing moments of insight and inspiration. They’re awfully pricey, but they do hold up well, and since I’m just using them for notes, they last me a long while.

  5. Has anyone used any of the Doane paper products? I’m interested in the utility notebook in particular. I don’t like the “design story” on the back in the pictures I’ve seen, but that’s just my weird peeve. I like a very clean cover front and back. I can get over it if they are great notebooks. I currently use field notes for daily ideas on the run and a Moleskine reporter for longer writing.

  6. Robert M.

    Looks like I joined up at the last second and will give it a shot. I will probably use my Rhodia and Mnemosyne pads for general ideas, and though I’m loath to admit it, I may do my handwritten draft in a standard (large) Moleskine. Not because it’s particularly special, but because it’s what I have on my shelf that has a decent number of pages, an OK size, and a hard cover. I would try a Habana or something similar, but I don’t feel like throwing that much money away just yet. :D

    Got my pencil chosen too (mentioned in the other thread), but I have a Caran d’Ache Fixpencil 22 on the way soon that might get in the rotation as well. For notes, I’ll use whatever I have on me, which will most often be a Mono 100, Mars Lumograph, or an Item 17 (or of course a leadholder).

    May the muses be kind to everyone else participating.

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