Some of the most prolific and beloved authors, ranging from JK Rowling to Stephen King and countless others have one thing in common: a shared love of writing by hand. For Rowling, handwriting the first Harry Potter novel was a necessity, as she didn’t have money for a computer or typewriter. But even as she found success, she continued writing her novels in notebooks. For one thing, unlike a computer, the only thing on a paper page is what you put on it. It’s an almost distraction-free way to create. The only distraction available is doodling, and even that is still exercising creative muscles.
With our on-the-go lifestyles, it’s important to find a notebook you’re happy to carry with you everywhere you go. That means it ought to look nice and be simultaneously durable and compact. From classics like the Moleskine to smart notebooks, these notebooks will help you hit your creative stride.
1. Rocketbook Everlast Reusable Smart Notebook
Pen and paper may seem like a technology that would be hard to make improvements on until you realize Rocketbook pulled it off. This notebook comes with 35 pages that can be erased with water and a cloth, so you canreuse them. If you want to save your pages, simply open your phone’s camera through the Rocketbook app and hold it over the page, and the page will be scanned and uploaded to your preferred cloud service.
Pros: Reduces waste through reusable pages, combines the distraction-free appeal of notebooks with the convenience of cloud storage.
Cons: Can only be used with pens from the Pilot Frixion line.
2. Moleskine Classic Notebook, Hard Cover
It would be hard to talk about great notebooks without mentioning Moleskine. They’re good looking and sturdy notebooks. Plus, they’re available in several different colors, page styles, and cover types. Details include an elastic band to hold the notebook closed, a ribbon bookmark, and an interior pocket for holding loose pages.
Pros: Thoughtful details like ribbon bookmark and interior pocket. Soft ivory pages are easier to look at than bright white.
Cons: Thin pages means some ghosting (writing that can be seen on the next page) occurs when using thicker pens.
3. BooQool 2 Pack Classic Ruled Notebooks
People who extensively write in notebooks tend to take the small details pretty seriously. Everything from how smooth and thick the paper is to how well the opened pages lie flat is considered. For roughly the price of one Moleskine, BooQool offers 2 notebooks with dense 120 GSM (grams per square meter) paper that won’t bleed or ghost, plus a spine that lies relatively flat.
Pros: Pocket for loose pages, elastic band and ribbon bookmark. Plus, thicker paper than Moleskine and available in a variety of colors.
Cons: Spacing is wider than the average college-ruled notebook, which may be a drawback for those who are used to thinner lines.