I’m writing this from Lucca, Italy on the first leg of my Italy/Switzerland adventure.
I’ve learned a handful of things that make Europe unique, but I will save that for my next blog post.
This time I’m going to talk about a simple product I purchased in Florence that I would recommend to anyone: a leather-bound writing booklet.
I’ve always maintained a journal for sporadic inspirations, however one thing has changed from the plastic green, college ruled spiral notebook that I used before to the golden brown, handcrafted leather book, adorned with an iris on the front:
I am excited to write in it.
Over the past three days I have not been able to put the darn thing down and I think I know why:
A connection with royalty
I’m sure great writers of the past used notebooks more similar to this and it invokes a feeling that transcends time. Instead of bringing me back to my high school days with a steel bound spiral notebook, I can imagine that I too am navigating uncharted waters of literature with the greats.
Whenever I place my green spiral notebook in a backpack, the cover edges fray, my pages stain yellow and black and the metal spiral seems to slowly wind itself out of the little holes. Now I’m pretty sure I could stab this new leather book with a knife a few times and have trouble making a mark.
It sparks creativity
My new notebook displays a delicately drawn map of Italy, a finely carved iris and soft cut ridges. These details transport me to a different world every time I open the book. I don’t necessarily need to be moved to the world in which I am writing about, but that simple jolt at the beginning of my writing process allows my mind to sink into a different state, causing the words to flow nicely.
Yes, I understand the idea of a writer carrying a notebook isn’t an innovative idea, however I believe there are plenty of writers who could benefit from a change in the type of notebook they use to draft and create. After all, your local Wal-mart or Staples won’t carry the type of notebook I’m talking about, so why would anyone have them nowadays.
So take some time to explore the internet, decide on a leather-bound notebook that offers a design that calls out to your own creativity and get to writing. Don’t be boring either! Writing requires flare and uncertainty.
Show your colors and bring out your personality in every aspect of your life.
Let me know in the comments if you have a similar notebook or if you plan on getting one.