Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Lined Notebook

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

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.

The Old Standby

This has an iconic design and 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!

Water-Resistant Cover

This brand offers premium details, and its portable size is great 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.

Durable Construction

This one has an elegant design, and it’s loaded with unique extras. 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.