Hello, my name is Jae and I’m an addict.
Okay, my name isn’t really Jae (you did know that it’s a pseudonym, right?). But I really do have a strange obsession with office supplies.
For a long time, I thought I was the only one who browses office supply stores with the same enthusiasm with which other women browse shoe stores. But once I started talking to other writers, I found out that it’s quite a common addiction among writers.
As a writer, can you really ever have enough notebooks, pens, folders, binders, post-it notes, highlighters, notepads, pencils, staplers, paper clips, and index cards? And, of course, you need them in all the available colors and sizes.
Some writers have particular fetishes — some are obsessed with folders and binders. Others collect pens. I’m a notebook junkie. I have a notebook for everything – one for character names, one for research notes, one for story ideas, one for the books I read… and at least a dozen new ones still waiting to be filled with information and ideas.
This is what my living room floor looked like once I piled them all up in one place:
I take a notebook with me wherever I go, preferably a small one with an elastic band to hold the notebook closed.
Some of the notebooks I have at home are almost too beautiful to use, including the Paperblanks with a magnetic flap.
I’m always on the hunt for good pens too. I know some writers are particular about the kind or color of pen they use. Personally, I prefer black pens.
Thank God notebooks and pens are a cheaper obsession than shoes! :-)
What about you? Do you have a slight obsession with office supplies too?