“Sometimes people buy expensive hardcover journals. They are bulky and heavy, and because they are fancy, you are compelled to write something good. Instead you should feel that you have permission to write the worst junk in the world and it would be okay. Give yourself a lot of space in which to explore writing. A cheap spiral notebook lets you feel that you can fill it quickly and afford another.”- Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones
I started using spiral notebooks because of this advice back in college, and I still use them today!If you click on the link, you can read a great excerpt from Writing Down the Bones, one of my favorite slightly hippie-ish writing books.