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How Many Notebooks?

This past weekend I taught a class in the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program, called, “The Writer’s Notebook,” and inevitably, the question arises – “How many notebooks do I keep?”

My answer is always the same. Everyone has their own needs and preferences and the advice I give is simply mine. The truth is, when I was a novice notebook-keeper I thought it was a good idea to keep separate notebooks for each project, in addition to keeping one notebook on my desk, one in my car and one on my bedside. As I grew older and more forgetful, this became a problem, because it became harder and harder to keep track of where I might have left each notebook after writing my entries.

So these days, I keep only one notebook which includes my musings, creative project ideas, tidbits of overheard dialogue, favorite quotations/ passages and books-to-be-read. The only separate journal is my dream journal which remains on my bedside table, just in case I happen to remember my lunar ramblings. My one daily notebook stays with me at all times. When in my writer’s studio it sits on my desk. When I go out, I have this ritual of never leaving without my car keys, wallet and notebook. These are the tools which ground me and bring me safely from point A to B and back again.

What about you?


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"A writer uses a journal to try out the new step in front of the mirror."

~Mary Gordon

About Me


I am a memoirist, essayist, poet and teacher whose passion is keeping a notebook. My notebook is my muse and my alter ego. It contains personal snippets of my life and observations from the world around me. Diarist Anaïs Nin has been a great source of inspiration for me. My hobbies include writing, writing and more writing, but when I have extra time, I enjoy reading, walking, hiking, yoga, working out, cooking and hanging out with my family and Maltese Poodle, Spunky. In order not to become ensconced by the glare of my computer screen, I also teach in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program and in various conferences and festivals around the country. My pleasure comes from sharing my joy of journaling with professional writers and anyone interested in writing.

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