Ode to a Writer’s Notebook: Slice of Life #sol18 #NaPoWriMo18 #NPM2018


Hard cover
sturdy base
Spiral binding
opens 360 degrees
Your pages never
come loose.
Toothy paper
slows down
hand that moves
too fast
Unlined pages
catch writing
in all directions
I turn you
this way
and that
write sideways
and upside down.
I consider
something new:
Different binding
different color
different paper
different pattern
But then
I think of
the uniformity of
spiral spines
earthy colors:
spring green
sea blue
pumpkin orange
tree bark brown
Lined up
on the shelf
I decide
to stay with
what works.


Notes: This poem was inspired by Trina Haase’s Ode to My Notebook. I originally wrote a much longer piece that was also about what’s inside my notebook. But in the end, I liked the part that appreciated the outside the best.

19 responses to “Ode to a Writer’s Notebook: Slice of Life #sol18 #NaPoWriMo18 #NPM2018”

    • I feel like I officially committed to sticking to what works by recently buying a year’s supply of notebooks to stash and use! Not that I don’t buy other kinds of notebooks too. But my Cachet by Daler Rowney books are just it as far as writer’s notebooks are concerned.

  1. Wonderful descriptions! I’m newish to the whole writer’s notebook thing, so am still learning what makes me happy. At the moment it’s spiral bound, unlined, super smooth and the an InkJoy Gel Writer medium nib in black!

  2. When something works, why not take advantage of it? There are some things I love so much I just want to own several of them: that comfy shirt, those erasable pens, my Passion Planner. I’ve slowly moved away from my notebook with all the digital writing I do. Even my drafts and collections of ideas tend to be in Google Keep, Voice Recorder, or Notes. I sometimes miss my notebook. I still write in it occasionally, but not nearly as I once did. Glad you found the perfect container for your writing.

  3. Lovely tribute to your notebook. The big benefit from writing a poem a day is I’m doing better w/ the notebook keeping, but I’m still putting notes in my phone, too.

  4. “I turn you
    this way
    and that
    write sideways
    and upside down.”
    Love these lines – I’m always amazed at folks that share notebook pages. Mine are much too messy to publish.

  5. I love a good notebook… and I especially love those hard bound ones! I just found three while cleaning up my office area in my house. Nothing better. I love the ode as a poem and your use of line breaks.

  6. I couldn’t love this poem more! And THANK you again for the shout out! Love this part, “toothy paper slows down hands…” EXACTLY

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