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.



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

  1. Amanda Potts Avatar

    Ah! The writer’s notebook. I love the “toothy paper” and the ending – stay with what works.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      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.

  2. edifiedlistener Avatar

    What a delight to recognize the familiar, a little dressed up but not overdone; charming in just the right lighting. Thank you for these tight descriptions.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I felt I appreciated its beauty so much more having written a poem about it!

  3. arjeha Avatar

    Every writer’s grind getting the recognition it deserves. Let’s hear it for the notebook.

  4. theapplesinmyorchard Avatar

    Love this! Definitely stay with what works! Love the earthy color descriptions!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      It lets you exercise some small choice: do I feel like pumpkin or blue for this notebook??

  5. mschiubookawrites Avatar

    I also love your word choice- “toothy paper” and “spiral spines”… you are inspiring me to commit to a notebook style.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      They look so nice all lined up on a shelf when they’re filled!

  6. Wondering and Wandering Avatar

    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!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Always unlined paper for me too. I’m also super picky about my pen and will only write with one, so I totally get the commitment to the InkJoy Gel Writer!

  7. Cathy M Avatar
    Cathy M

    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.

  8. glenda funk Avatar
    glenda funk

    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.

  9. Ramona Avatar

    “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.

    1. Ramona Avatar

      Folks WHO share

  10. mrsbrunowrites Avatar

    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.

  11. Trina Haase Avatar
    Trina Haase

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

  12. […] like to write about my notebooks. In fact, they’re a reliable source of inspiration whenever I’m stuck and can’t […]

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