Category Archives: Writing

“Conceptualizing A Novel” – with Levenger Circa

Conceptualizing A Novel – Journaling, Plots and Characterization” by RJ Blain is a fantastic peek into one author’s writing process using discbound notebooks.

“How I Work: Notebooks” by

Another great blog post about the various notebooks used everyday by, including a Levenger Circa Junior.

“The Organized Writer: My Novel’s Notebook” by Jeff Abbott

So this blog post from author Jeff Abbott is all about how he uses the Levenger Circa notebooks in his writing process. It’s an older post, from 2011, but new to me and still an excellent review of how to use discbound notebooks as a writer’s tool.

The Organized Writer: My Novel’s Notebook

Gustave Flaubert – I am irritated by my own writing …

“I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but whose fingers refuse to reproduce precisely the sound he hears within.”
Gustave Flaubert

The Secret to Creativity, Intelligence and Scientific Thinking

Found this article and really like these snippets:

Every artist gets asked the question, “Where do you get your ideas?”

The honest artist answers, “I steal them.”


Every new idea is just a mashup or a remix of one or more previous ideas.


If you’re looking for advice on creating more connections between the knowledge you have (and collecting even more knowledge), Kleon’s book is a great place to start. He offers suggests like:

  • carry a notebook everywhere

  • read a lot

  • keep a scratch file

Artist’s Opinions on Keeping A Notebook

I especially related to this quote from Elizabeth Sommerville:

“Journaling is something that I would love to be more disciplined about. There have been several journals that I have started, but then stopped halfway through. (Maybe because I take a nap instead of writing in a journal?!)”

Because, yes. Naps rock.

An Nurse’s Notebook System

I love this article, it has some really useful tips on setting up and notating a notebook – I especially like the illustrated status legend – I may copy some of those into my own system! The ‘eye’ especially.

The 3 Notebooks Every Writer Should Keep

Really love this! I always buy notebooks with no special purpose, maybe I should try some of these ideas.