As I writer I am constantly fighting my notebook addiction. I can’t walk past a stationary shop without buying a new notebook.
I thought it would be fun to document the 5 stages of a notebook addiction.
- Darkness. The craving for a new notebook will usually occur during a period of writer darkness. Things will not be going well in Writer Land, your creativity levels will have flatlined, your emotions will be scrambled and everything will feel dark and gloomy. Is there any light at the end of this literary tunnel?
- Notebook Craving. Your fingers will start to itch and you will find yourself getting that familiar new notebook craving. You will be longing for one of the following notebook types: a) beautiful and sparkly or b) strong and leather-bound (sigh!) or c) arty / stylish / giving off that intellectual vibe. The sight of your old notebook will make you groan as you sit down to write in it. The look and feel of it will just add to your writer gloom. You will be craving something new and fresh. It’s important to note at this stage that a notebook can be relegated to the old notebook pile in a couple of days or in some cases hours, it doesn’t take much for this to happen. Also you can still experience powerful notebook cravings despite having half a forest already sitting on your shelves. For some poor tortured souls these will be mostly beautiful unused notebooks.
- Unrealistic Expectations. This is the stage where you place some unrealistic expectations on a new notebook. You will start saying things like ‘a new notebook will turn my unfinished novel around’ and ‘a new notebook will inspire me to come up with some amazing ideas’. You might add some unrealistic expectations to it by saying stuff like ‘I am going to buy a new notebook just so that I can jot down some blue sky thinking’ or ‘a new notebook will make me look intellectual and arty!’. Yawn. You are kidding yourself – big time!
- Notebook Buying Frenzy. The decision will have been made and you enter into a notebook buying frenzy. Cue the quick breathing, intense stare and excited fingers. The buying frenzy will either be done online or it will get too much for you resulting in you downing tools to nip up the shops. For some writers the urge to have a fresh notebook, with empty white pages is so powerful it can bring on some quick bursts of activity; the writer flying into town and hunting down those nice posh stationary shops. If you make a notebook purchase online then you will be forced to wait a couple of days for it to be delivered. This will be painful. Cue your room pacing, anxious checks of the letter box and night sweats. It’s important to note that all writing will stop until the new notebook arrives.
- Light and Joy. Your new notebook will be in your hands and you will be sat in a corner whispering and caressing it. There will be light and joy in Writer Land. After whispering some sweet nothings to it you will prance around the room hugging your pretty and sparkly or strong and leather-bound new notebook. Oh what joy! You will sigh as you sit down to write in your new untainted notebook. As you carefully open your new notebook a little voice, deep inside will say ‘it is too pretty / stylish to write in’ and that will be it! You will let out another a sigh and place your new notebook on the shelf, along with the other beautiful looking unused notebooks
Take care with this sort of addiction writers!
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