Two Notebooks, But One Life?

In my last post, I’d mentioned about the importance of writing out the everyday things we deal with, in order to help with personal growth, and deal with life (you can read more here).

What I didn’t mention is that I have two notebooks.

In today’s post, I’ll delve deeper into why that is, and how things have changed over the past few months.

For years, I actually kept a journal with loose leaf paper (crazy, I know). I switched to a notebook when I realized I was going on a trip and having a few notebooks would take up less space.

Now, I mark a notebook that’s just for a journal. That’s where I write things like:

What happened to me during that day

What people say to me

People I talked to

Places I went

Things I’ve learned or found out

How I feel about what happens to me

And so on…

This notebook is very methodic. It’s a day-by-day account, and for anyone but me, it would be extremely boring to read. Then again, that’s only a guess…

There was a time when I didn’t take notes about things involving stories when I was on the road. But because I was so relaxed during trips, ideas would come to me, based on what I’d be seeing, hearing, or what-have-ya.

So I started another notebook, or type of notebook (not writing while driving either, mind ya). I originally intended that type of notebook to only be for client projects, but I eventually expanded it to include:


Pieces of stories


Ideas for settings

Email subject lines

Questions/Issues to bring up during phone consultations

This type of notebook is extremely chaotic—an email subject line here, consultation notes there, followed by 5 blank pages, with a list of things to look for in a laptop computer after that. If anyone were to read this book, it might be super-disturbing, to say the least, because of the constant switching among topics and ideas.

But it would be super-interesting (that part’s only my opinion, of course).

One thing that I’ve read that’s great to use a journal for is to describe what you see and hear, in your own words, when you go outside, to the mall, or wherever. It’s something I haven’t very seriously tried to do, just yet.

But the whole point is that these two notebooks I write in represent different sides of me, almost. But it’s still me doing all the writing in both books.

Different sides of me, different parts of my life, but it’s still one me.

How about you? Do you keep a journal or “work idea book”? Or do you go virtual, with an app, word processor documents, or something else? What goes on (or in) them? If you’d like to let me know, drop me a line and comment.

Until next time,



About Ty Mall

Thanks for stopping by. I've almost always been interested in writing, among other things. Along with discovering pop culture, I've uncovered a lot about the craft over the past 10 years. And whether you're a fiction writer or email copywriter, I'm here to pass on what I've found out. And have a ton of fun in the process.
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