#4:: The notebook that I used between 2006 and 2007 was a bit of a departure from the small spiral bound ones that I'd previously used. This was an A5 hardback notebook that I covered in some left-over Birthday wrapping paper.
#5:: My next notebook was a skinny one that I filled quickly between May and July of 2007. This was during my phase of covering my notebooks and folders with magazine clippings to add a personal touch.
#6:: The notebook I used throughout my final year at University (September 2007 - September 2008) was a thick A5 hardback, covered in magazine clippings. This was probably the favourite of my notebooks from this era. I definitely found my voice here and cast away the fear of experimenting with words. I dug around in vulnerable places and wrote about the dark stuff inside me.
In the last few years of my degree, writing became an addiction for me. I never went anywhere without my notebook and you could find me scribbling away anywhere, any time. If I was out for lunch with a friend and she went to the toilet, she'd return to find my head buried in the blank pages. I'd sit up for hours before going to sleep, jotting down the thoughts that came unbidden to my sleepy mind. And first thing in the morning, I'd be making a note of my dreams in case they held any relevance for whatever I was writing.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this second glimpse at my notebooks. I've always been reluctant to let anybody read my unedited writing but this is different. You're only seeing what I show you and it feels kinda good to share my experiences with writing.
Do any of you carry a notebook around? What kind of things do you write in it?