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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