Emma Collins
07 Jul

Hello everyone, and welcome to another blog post. Today, I'm thrilled to share with you my top five writing journals that have been indispensable in my writing journey. These journals have seen countless ideas, plot twists, character sketches, and moments of sheer creative inspiration. Whether you're a seasoned writer or just starting, I hope you'll find a journal here that suits your needs and sparks your creativity.

1. LeStallion Journals

LeStallion Journals are, without a doubt, my absolute favorite writing notebooks. The first time I laid my hands on one, I knew it was special. The quality of the paper is exceptional – thick enough to handle my fountain pen without any bleed-through, yet smooth enough for effortless writing. The leather-bound cover is both durable and elegant, giving it a classic, timeless feel that makes me look forward to every writing session.

What I love most about LeStallion is their attention to detail. The journals come with an elastic closure, a handy pen loop, and an expandable inner pocket where I can store loose notes or inspirational clippings. The pages are also numbered, and there's a built-in index, making it easy to keep track of my writing. I've filled several LeStallion Journals over the years, and they never disappoint.

2. Moleskine Classic Notebooks

Moleskine has been a staple in the writing community for a long time, and for good reason. Their Classic Notebooks are simple, reliable, and versatile. I use these for everything from jotting down quick ideas to drafting full chapters. 

The ivory-colored pages have just the right amount of texture, and the hardcover makes it sturdy enough to throw into my bag without worrying about damage.The Moleskine Classic also features an elastic band closure and an expandable inner pocket. Plus, the back cover comes with a handy little history of Moleskine, which adds a touch of nostalgia. These notebooks are perfect for writers who appreciate a no-frills approach to their journaling.

3. Rhodia Webnotebook

The Rhodia Webnotebook, often referred to as the "Webbie," is another one of my top choices. The smooth, high-quality paper is a joy to write on, especially with fountain pens or gel pens. The dot grid layout is my favorite, as it provides the perfect balance between structure and freedom, making it easy to sketch out mind maps, plot outlines, and even quick doodles.

The Webbie's cover is made of a soft leatherette material that feels luxurious to the touch. It also includes an elastic closure and a ribbon bookmark, which are essential features for any writer. The Rhodia Webnotebook is ideal for those who want a blend of style and functionality in their writing journal.

4. Leuchtturm1917 Medium A5 Notebook

Leuchtturm1917 notebooks are known for their meticulous design and high-quality materials. The Medium A5 Notebook is no exception. One of the standout features is the pre-numbered pages and a blank table of contents, which makes organizing your notes and ideas incredibly easy. 

This journal also comes with stickers for labeling and archiving, which is a neat touch for those who like to keep their collections tidy.The paper quality is superb, with minimal bleed-through, even with ink-heavy pens. The notebook lays flat when open, which is a feature I greatly appreciate when writing for extended periods. Leuchtturm1917 offers a wide range of colors, so you can choose one that best matches your personal style.

5. Midori Traveler's Notebook

Last but certainly not least, the Midori Traveler's Notebook is a favorite among writers who love to personalize their journals. The Traveler's Notebook system is unique – it features a leather cover with an elastic band that holds various refillable inserts. This allows you to customize your notebook with different types of paper, such as lined, blank, grid, or even watercolor paper.

The leather cover ages beautifully, developing a unique patina over time. The flexibility of the Traveler's Notebook is unmatched, making it perfect for writers who want to combine journaling with planning, sketching, or scrapbooking. It's a bit of an investment, but the ability to tailor it to your needs makes it well worth it.

Those are my top five writing journals that have been invaluable companions in my writing journey. Each one has its own unique features and charm, catering to different aspects of the writing process. I hope this list inspires you to find the perfect journal that will become a cherished part of your creative life.

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