Reader Glen Dresser posted an article on his writing blog on
how he uses a Japanese-album Moleskine as a writing tool. While it’s a
format that seems more popular with visual artists than with writers,
it actually proves itself to be very elegant for writing as well.

"Recently, I picked up the  Moleskine Japanese Pocket Notebook. The japanese pockets are what you might call accordion folds: the entire thing can be unfolded into a single 31 page spread. I picked one up as a place to store thoughts for my next novel, and the more I use it, the more I am amazed at the elegance of this handy little book.

An excellent example of the versatility of the notebook is on the pages I use for a timeline. The timeline spans six pages, and, when I’m in transit or another situation where space is tight, I can flip between them as standard pages. But when I have room to spread it out, I can open it up to a single six-page spread roughly 21 inches long: that’s a longer continuous drawing surface than you’re going to get from any other style of notbook, and you could stretch it out far longer, if necessary. I’ve laid out similar spreads for themes, characters, and scenes, and another area set aside for maps…."

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Image: © 2007 GD

4 thoughts on “Moleskining

  1. I use all kinds of notebooks, and love the design of Moleskines. But, I can’t stand the bleed. Why is the Molekine company content to make an almost perfect product? It can’t be that hard or expensive to use paper that takes roller balls and fountain pens.

  2. I keep meaning to try out the Japanese books. People who love them REALLY love them…From comments: You can complain all you want but they aren’t going to change the paper. Just get some Pilot G2s…I personally hate the sketchbooks enormously–it’s only neatly packaged tagboard. What I do now, I always have a couple of Moleskines, but suited to my own purposes. At one point I wanted all of them, to have all of my things together, but I think now that it’s best to pick and choose (and I never buy their sketchbooks)…the product line is varied enough so that you’re guaranteed to dislike SOMETHING….The RED series daily appointment book (which I intend to use as my diary for next year) is really wonderful. I think the daily appointment books generally are. An awful lot of wasted space with conversion charts and international sizes, but I’m really excited about it.

  3. The Japanese notebook is on my wishlist. I’m wondering… Do people use both sides of paper on those? or is it too messy?

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