Writers: 26 Reasons Why a Writer Might Buy a New Notebook #Writer #amwriting

There are many reasons why a writer will buy a new notebook. Here are 26 of them.

  1. You reach the end of your old writer’s notebook.
  2. You spill coffee / tea over your writer’s notebook.
  3. You notice how messy your handwriting is in your old notebook and decide that you need a new writer’s notebook to write neatly in.
  4. Your shelf of pretty writer notebooks no longer excites you.
  5. You see a pretty notebook (much prettier than your old notebook) in a shop and you can’t stop thinking about it.
  6. You decide that you need a new writer’s notebook just for writing ‘new stuff’
  7. You decide that you need a new writer’s notebook just for thinking up character names.
  8. You buy a new handbag and decide that you need a matching writer’s notebook.
  9. You lose your old writer’s notebook.
  10. You become envious of your friend’s pretty writer notebook and decide that you must have one.
  11. You have money to burn in a shop that sells notebooks.
  12. You are desperate to find ways of overcoming a painful bout of writer’s block and a new notebook might do this.
  13. You are starting on a new story – new story = new notebook. The design must reflect tone and imagery in new story.
  14. Your kids have gone back to school with new stationary and you decide that you must have a new notebook, pencil case, pens, pencils and a selection of fancy erasers.
  15. You were bored in a shop.
  16. You feel like treating yourself to something pretty.
  17. You have just bought yourself a new writing desk. New desk = new notebook.
  18. Your loved one threw out your old notebook by mistake.
  19. You wrote some naughty thoughts about one of your characters in your old notebook and are worried a loved one might spot them. Hide old notebook and start a new one with clean thoughts.
  20. You make a mess of the first page with some typos and mistakes. Instead of ripping out the page you decide to buy a new notebook.
  21. It’s the start of a new writing week – new week = new notebook.
  22. You are suffering from a low mood and need cheering up.
  23. You need a distraction from writing so you nip up the shops to buy a new notebook.
  24. You want to look like a writer but don’t want to do any writing so you decide to carry around pretty notebook and stare into space a lot.
  25. You buy a new pen and your current notebook does not match it.
  26. You wake up one morning feeling like you need a new notebook.


If anyone has any other excuses please let me know and I will add to my list (and acknowledge you).


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Lucy Mitchell lives in South Wales with her husband, her two teenage daughters, a giant labrador and a gang of unruly cats. Lucy is the author of the award winning blog, BlondeWriteMore and was a Featured Romance Author on Wattpad. When she’s not working or writing, Lucy can be found listening to audiobooks in a muddy field with her dog or sat outside her local pub in the sunshine enjoying a glass of wine. Her debut novel Instructions Falling In Love Again is OUT now and already pulling in some fabulous reviews ❀️

79 thoughts on “Writers: 26 Reasons Why a Writer Might Buy a New Notebook #Writer #amwriting

  1. Any other excuses?!? I think you covered it all, literally. Oh, hang on, what about the wind changing direction, surely you need a new writers notebook the? Lol. Every other eventuality is covered! 😝

      1. Haha… Thanks. How about when your husband / partner leaves the toilet seat up? Im not sure you’ve worked hard enough on this blog, too few of the points are covered 😝

  2. I don’t ever need an “excuse”. There’s a reason Barnes & Noble loves me.

    Also “fancy rubbers” is basically saying “condoms”, so you might want to change that to “erasers”. On the plus side, I did get a laugh out of that one.

      1. I think women, especially mothers, tend to make excuses for themselves when they want/need something, as opposed to just treating themselves to things that help them be more creative, or make them feel good about their work, that’s all. If you saw all of the books and journals I have, your mouth would be on the floor because every time I go on vacation, I come home with half a suitcase full of new ones. They don’t have to be stunning works of art, they just have to suit my needs and be on sale. The nicest ones I own I’ve never written in, and that’s true for a lot of writers.

  3. Wow, that’s a lot of excuses/reason for just a notebook. Then again, there’s a lot of pretty notebooks out there! Making excuses or finding reasons to do or buy something is a familiar Territory. *guilty*
    Have a nice a day.

  4. Am I a very sad person in that I can tick each and every one of your reasons – not ‘excuses’, please! Just got a new notebook for my birthday…my family and friends know me all too well. Reading this put a smile on my face this morning. Lovely.

  5. It’s on sale, it matches my pen colors, my phone, my purse, my Bible, my outfit, I’m giving it away for Christmas (i promise), I’m changing my life, I’m recording new adventures, am feeling dark/pensive/in love /enthusiastic, just wanted new freaking notebook.

  6. Love it! I have about 8 notebooks on the go for just one project – a tiny one for any handbag, a slightly bigger one for my rucksack, one for writing on the train, a nice red one, one I stole from my husband, a purple one I just had to have etc etc Even so, I have a special folder that collects post-its, backs of envelopes, old receipts and other miscellaneous scraps I’ve written when I couldn’t find a notebook. Chaos!

      1. Oh, index cards sound like a good system, too. I should get some. I’m drowning in post-it notes around here, and they all get stuck together in a big jumble! Thanks for the suggestion.

  7. I don’t have any notebooks — just scraps of paper with snippets of writing on them. My shopping list in the kitchen cupboard often has haiku scribbled on it. Fancy notebooks make me get writer’s block, as they have this look of expectation on their shiny covers: an expectation of literary genius from anyone who dares to set their pens upon their pages. I prefer to write straight on to the computer, or scribble in pencil in random places. Of course, when relocating these scribbles, I sometimes feel like a squirrel that has buried winter food and forgotten where it is!

  8. Hilarious, as always. Listen, I’m sure you get these so often you’re tired of them already, but I couldn’t not think of yours when I think of my favorite blogs. I know you likely have WAY too many followers for this, but I nominated you for a Liebster.

    Here are the details: https://dearlilyjune.wordpress.com/2015/09/24/deja-vu-all-over-again-in-which-i-share-the-love-once-more/

    Here’s how I introduced you: Blondewritemore–In August of 2015, she won a Funniest Blogger Award. She deserved every pixel of it.

    Here’s how reading your blog makes me feel: πŸ™‚

  9. Ahh I have so many notebooks and journals. Boxes and drawers full or those already written in, and some just patiently waiting. Oh, don’t need an excuse, but if it has a picture of something I like on it, it must come home with me… especially a tiger, or a peace sign. πŸ™‚

  10. Funny list, I could identify with quite a few myself πŸ™‚ I usually get a new notebook if it has a smart-aleck phrase on it or if I’m going on a trip and know I’ll definitely be journalling. I once bought a notebook just on the reasoning that it was entitled “Sorta Brilliant.” Loved it and it made someone smile one day πŸ™‚

  11. I have a bit of a stationary fetish, so I’m always drawn to pretty papers and notebooks. I probably have more notebooks than I can shake a stick at, including a gorgeous tooled leather one that my hubs got me for my birthday a few years ago. Inevitably though, even with the plethora of beautiful things to write my stories in, I always end up going back to the tried and true black and white composition notebooks that I “borrow” from work. I have no idea why.

  12. All very good excuses, but to be honest, I gave up on making excuses a long time ago and now just accept that I’m addicted t notebooks and give in to the buying pleasure. πŸ™‚

  13. Oh – Of course your partner, boyfriend, girlfriend, wife or husband have hurt you (insulted you, annoyed you) and as an apology from them you need a new notebook – or as a comfort you buy one yourself (or even better: BOTH!!) πŸ™‚

  14. I have a fetish for paper, which includes notebooks, stationery, notepads, etc… I will hoard them, hide them, and only let my family write on the backs of used paper for their phone notes, grocery lists, etc… I just pulled a perfectly good piece of notebook paper out of the garbage (rubbish) that my husband had tossed in there. Nothing written on it at all. That man! lol
    What about you’ve written non-writing stuff in your writer’s notebook and junked it all up so you need a new one just for writing things. Which eventually you will junk up like the last one and so you get another new one….
    And if I see a friend with a pretty notebook, I want one like theirs. It would make me a better writer, I just know it. πŸ˜‰

  15. It’s a lot better than some other fetishes we could have. It’s probably my only one. I don’t do pretty shoes, scarves, clothes, knick knacks, I do have a thing for perfume. Oh man, I smelled the most heavenly one the other night at a banquet and had to ask the woman what she was wearing. Looked it up and it’s too rich for my blood… *sigh*

  16. There is a space on my bedside cabinet, sideboard, kitchen work surface. I can just put a notebook there so that I can jot down notes whilst I’m thinking. The tallboy in the bathroom needs a notebook just in case anyone thinks of something to put on the shopping list. I need a new notebook to put in the pannier of my motorbike. I’m going away on a weekend break so I must have a new travel notebook.
    They are not excuses, they are reasons. Being a bonefide Notebook Addict I can safely say that they are less harmful than smoking, drinking or gambling and much prettier. However my hubble thinks they are dangerous. Well if he can’t look where he’s going as he walks down the stairs he’s bound to trip over a notebook.

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