Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Lined Notebook

Plus, our tips on how to foster a daily journaling habit.

writing in a journal
Facing a blank page doesn’t have to be intimidating if you know how to journal with intention.Alina Vilchenko/Pexels

Writer Dorothy Parker once quipped, “I hate writing, I love having written.” A daily journaling habit is a lot easier with a notebook you love. Here are three things to consider before getting started.

RED Classic Notebook

The Old Standby

Iconic design with luxe materials that invite inspiration.Moleskine

Sure, you could just write whatever pops into your mind at the start of your daily journaling. But if you prefer a little more direction, try setting an intention for your writing before you begin. Maybe you want to write every morning about the dream you had the night before. Great! Or you want to record one funny thing you witnessed while going about your day. Fun! Or perhaps you want to take a traditional “dear diary” approach. Juicy!

Paperage Lined Journal Notebook

Water Resistant Cover

Premium details in a portable size for writers on the go.Paperage

Like any new habit, the hardest part of journaling is getting started. If you’re finding it difficult to sit down and find the right words, consider giving yourself a time limit of 10 to 20 minutes to write freely without editing yourself. Try journaling at different times throughout the first week to see what works best for you.

Thick Classic Notebook with Pen Loop

Durable Construction

Elegant design with unique extras for avid journalers.Lemome

There’s no wrong way to journal. So don’t be afraid to mix up the standard paragraph format with bullet points, illustrations, poetry, collage or whatever gets your brain humming. After all, this daily writing practice is for your eyes only…unless it becomes a best-selling memoir. It wouldn’t be the first time.