How I Pick the Perfect Writing Journal

I was at Walmart the other day and decided to get my future journal. (I journal about my life as I feel the need to). I prefer smaller notebooks and fill them in 3 to 5 months.

This time I decided to get a larger notebook because I really love the flowery design. I love flowery designs.

I’ve found that I prefer dot ruled paper over lined, and this notebook has dots instead of lines. For now it will be there waiting until I’m ready to start writing in it which I predict will be in a month.

I’m not a fan of spiral bound notebooks though. I have found that I prefer journals with “exposed bindings” because they feel comfortable to write in.

The journal below probably remains one of my favorite journals of all time. (I’ve included screenshots of a couple of journals because I shredded them last year.)

This one was a birthday gift from B&N

I don’t think about getting one of these again even though I love the cover. Just like what I wrote in this journal, the journal itself became part of my past.

As I’ve continued journaling throughout the years, I know what works and doesn’t work for me in a writing journal.

#1. The journal’s cover has to keep me inspired.

The journal below always amazed me. It’s earthy. It’s feminine. It has warm tones. I see movement without movement. Do you get notebooks based on their covers?

I believe I got this one at Target

#2. The journal has to have a moderate number of pages. Not too little, not too many.

I want to document a period of my life. But I also don’t want to record a whole year in it. Knowing myself, I know that I’ll get bored of the journal and want to get a new one eventually, and I don’t like to leave journals half used. Also, as I’m constantly changing I feel that the new me always needs a new journal 🙂

#3. The journal has to feel comfortable to write in.

The journal has to have binding flexibility. I’m not a happy camper when I invest in a journal that I find myself uncomfortable writing in.

Join the conversation:

How do you choose journals or notebooks?