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Jennifer K. Oliver ([personal profile] jenniferkoliver) wrote2016-11-25 11:42 pm
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Up until recently I've only ever used the smaller Paperblanks notebooks, as they are a convenient shape and size for a smaller handbag, plus the designs are just gorgeous. But I just purchased my first ultra and I might be a convert. The ultra is much heavier than the mini, as you would expect, but it's surprisingly comfortable resting on my lap and obviously I can fit a lot more in it. It looks more substantial and feels more substantial, and the pocket at the back can also hold more stuff (faff like business cards, receipts, story ideas hastily scrawled on napkins, etc). Plus they are very pretty indeed.

I sent these photos of my used notebooks to some friends a while ago and thought I'd share. These are all full of stories, snippets and notes. Most of them are minis or around a similar size to the Paperblanks mini:

And here are my new shiny Paperblanks ultra notebooks:

Other recommended notebook makers: Peter Pauper Press and Flame Tree.

Lighthouse, by Patrick Watson.
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[personal profile] theemdash 2016-11-26 03:22 pm (UTC)(link)
That is so many notebooks! I find it really hard to dedicate myself to a notebook. I have 2 that I carry for different purposes:

1. Panels/Advice: so I only have it if I'm going to a panel or writing workshop and think I'll get some gems from a speaker.
2. Story scribbles: if I need a notebook to jot down story notes or a scene, character tidbits or ideas.

And I've had both notebooks for about 3 years now. I just can't figure out how to get into notebooks! (And I wish I could because I have so many blank notebooks that have been given as gifts.)

[identity profile] 2016-11-30 03:33 pm (UTC)(link)
That's one of the things about people knowing you're a writer - you're suddenly really easy to buy presents for, as everybody just goes with a pretty notebook! :D

The two reasons you have your notebooks are essentially the same as mine, only I put it all into whichever book I'm using at that moment. I guess they're more useful if, like me, you tend to like handwriting things before typing them up. A lot of writers go straight to a computer document, but I find it helps me hash out an idea to physically write it (and re-write it) first, then type it up in a much clearer version.

You could always use your notebooks to do characters studies, character questionnaires, mind-maps, etc.
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[personal profile] theemdash 2016-12-02 12:50 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't do much drafting by hand. It tends to be if I'm in a specific mood or if I know I'll be somewhere it would be inconvenient to bring my iPad. ;)

I've never done character questionnaires and it's actually been a long time since I did much outlining by hand. I think that's something I need to try again. (And I need to finish all of these notebooks.)

[identity profile] 2016-12-17 10:08 pm (UTC)(link)
So do you draft stories on your iPad? I have an iPad but I struggle so much with typing on it. Do you use any additional apps or equipment to do writerly things on yours? I'd love to know of anything that would make using the iPad for writing purposes easier. :)
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[personal profile] theemdash 2016-12-17 11:06 pm (UTC)(link)
I have an external keyboard so that makes it a LOT easier. ;) I purchased Scrivener for the iPad, so I can use it across computers. I also have Word on the iPad (which I use for short stories or editing) and several other word processing apps that I downloaded before Word and Scrivener were available. The best apps for writing I've found are those two and GDocs.

[identity profile] 2016-12-17 11:31 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh fantastic! I use Scrivener on my MacBook but didn't even think to check if there was an iPad version. I'm going to grab that right away. I'll give GDocs a go too. Thanks for the recommendations! :)
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[personal profile] theemdash 2016-12-19 12:44 am (UTC)(link)
The iPad version was just released—I think in late summer. It's a little different, but it works like a dream. The synching across platforms works perfectly.

[identity profile] 2016-11-27 08:06 am (UTC)(link)
Ooh, those are gorgeous! (Also, hi! ♥)

[identity profile] 2016-11-30 03:34 pm (UTC)(link)
Hey you! ♥ It's so awesome that you're still on LJ - it feels a lot like a ghost town these days. I miss you! I Hope you're well. I will email you soon.

(A friend of mine went to the Imperial War Museum the other day and it made me think of you. :*)