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I don't think I am repeating an old thread (I did a quick search) and I hope this is the right place to post this. Sorry that it might be a little long-winded, but here goes...

 

I was in my local bookstore and saw a shelf full of journals and took a quick look. Normally I ignore things like this as my own 'journalling' is a collection of 'stuff' such as recipes, bits of card, things I want to keep, pictures, tickets - all that sort of 'stuff' rather than any serious writing. The only reason I do it is because if it wasn't in a book it would be scattered around my office like a tornado hit it or I'd been burgled or something (not that it works, it still looks like that). Anyway, most of what I looked at could easily be filed under 'Waste of Money', but two things did catch my eye.

 

The first was a journal called '642 Things To Write About'. It had a fountain pen on the cover, so of course I had to pick it up and look at it. But I got distracted by someone telling me the place was about to close and for some reason set it down. I briefly picked up another one called 'Q & A a Day For Five Years', read the back cover - seemed interesting, and then had to leave.

 

So, I came home had a quick look on Amazon for the Q & A thing and it looked interesting. It asked you to write one line in response to a question every day for five years. In fact, you are answering the same questions for five years to see how they change - if at all. I thought it might be fun, so I'm tempted. I looked up the other 'journal' too. I do a lot of writing for a living (I know it might be hard to believe) and sometimes it can get a little dry and lazy, so this exercise journal might be helpful. It reminded me a little of the 365 project which asked you to take a photograph every day for one year and post it on a site so that you could get comments from professionals and the curious and hopefully improve your ability. It really worked for me; taught me about framing, techniques, filters...a load of stuff I would never have dared mess with otherwise and my pictures did noticeably improve. I thought this might be a little similar and stretch me to write things I wouldn't normally write and, hopefully, improve it a little.

 

So, after that rather long and drawn out intro, has anyone here ever used these 'journal' types, and crucially - and the whole reason I am posting this here - is the paper in them fountain pen friendly?

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Thanks Vikrmbedi. It's good to know the 5 Year Journal is fountain pen friendly. Sadly the '642 ThingsTo Write About' is by a different maker. Presumably if there is a fountain pen on the front it should be alright. It's produced by the San Francisco Writers Grotto.

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I have a similar journal called a Q and A a day

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Q-A-Day-5-Year-Journal/dp/0307719774/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1399912176&sr=8-1&keywords=q+%26+A+journal

 

Iti s really good fun,and strangely, gets the creative juices going with some thought-provoking q's. Some are just silly, and a few irrelevant to me, but still it is good fun.

 

They also do one for children which I think is an excellent gift for a child who likes to write.

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