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Monday, 24 April 2017

National Stationery Week: 5 Reasons To Write A Book

Nest UK Stationery Design Blog CollaborationBuy those notebooks, decorate your planner, write that story - it's National Stationery Week!  For all the stationery enthusiasts (waves furiously), this week is an exciting one and not just because social feeds are packed full with gold rulers and fountain pens for the next seven days.  Personally, my appreciation of stationery is mainly aesthetic; by this I mean there's no stopping me when it comes to feather-embellished ballpoints and marble-printed books.  However the true beauty is seen in how well they function. And it seems contemporary design store Nest.co.uk are of the same stationery-loving mindset, having sent over some dreamy pieces featuring brands such as Hay and Tom Dixon (scroll down for more details!).  To celebrate National Stationery Week, I've shared a handful of reasons as to why you should consider writing a book.  I've written a few books now in my spare time, along with dozens of short stories.  Will they ever be read by others?  Possibly not.  But have I enjoyed writing them?  Hell yeah!
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1: Escapism - If you struggle to compartmentalize and have a tendency to overthink, writing a book is a brilliant way of diving headfirst into an alternate reality

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2: Time Management - Finding time to actually write the book will be the biggest challenge, but can do wonders for your time management skills (cue mass-purchase of planners, highlighters and sticky notes!)

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3: The Mundane Becomes Interesting - Everything can relate back to your book.  Even bad experiences can be shrugged off as creating 'good fodder' for your work

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4: Learn - Regardless of your topic, a fair amount of research will need to be done eg. historic accuracy, fact-checks, spelling etc.  Hello, new vocabulary! 

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5: It Can Be Reassuring - From the moment you finish writing a book, more long-term goals seem achievable.  I mean, if you can consistently sit down over months/years and commit to the mammoth task of writing a book, what else could you do?!

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Many of the gorgeous pieces c/o Nest.co.uk shown in this post can be found over on their website, with a couple of my favourites including the minimal black-sand hourglass and gold bullet pen, both by Hay.  I've actually spent the past year or so searching for a gold pen, and so this wins all of the stationery awards for me!  Both rulers are stocked at the modern design store, though as lovely as the wooden version is, The Golden Rule by Tom Dixon steals my heart - is it possible to fall in love with a ruler?  The pale grey notebook is by Vitra at Nest.co.uk and features the geometric design 'Facets' by Alexander Girard in softcover form; ideal for tucking into your bag and using for note-taking on the go.

Moving on to desk accessories, can you tell I'm feeling aqua shades this Spring?  The pastel suitcases are by Sass & Belle and can be seen in more detail in this picnic scene, and the mint tray is from the Kaleido series of trays by Hay.  Finally, the most surprising desk-embellishment that has become a fave of mine is the grey polystone flowerpot with matching saucer.  Created for indoor use only, it simultaneously adds an edge to indoor plants (eg. cacti and succulents) while avoiding clashing with any design scheme in place.  Win-win!
Reasons to start writing a book this yearHave you ever written (or have considered writing) a book before?  I'm in a stationery-bubble right now, so share your thoughts about National Stationery Week in the comments below!

Psst! World Stationery Day falls on Wednesday 26th April, this week.

With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. I was just thinking that I'd never have time to write a book and then it dawned on me that my blog posts are like a series of chapters! Love the stationery you've featured, very chic

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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  2. Writing a book is my biggest ambition ATM! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Kira
    Kira Is Wearing
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  3. So many beautiful desk pieces! I am already in love with all of them! Have a lovely week! xx

    Andreea,
    http://couturezilla.com/

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  4. I've always been a big fan of stationery! These are so pretty Gabrielle! It makes you want to write in them and plan. Very beautiful.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  5. I love beautiful stationary and have some lovely notebooks and pens but I never end up using them. Firstly because I think they are too nice to write in haha but also because I don't ever feel like I have anything to write. I would love to be able to write a book one day and think it is an amazing achievement but sadly I just don't think it's for me. I love all the stationary you have here though, everything is so pretty! :) x

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  6. I've always thought writing a book would be so much fun but I don't think my writing skills are quite there yet haha & why is pretty stationary SO addicting!?

    Renee | Life After Lux

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  7. All the reasons you mentioned for writing a book really resonate with me, as they are my reasons for writing a blog. Basically short stories about skin care and makeup.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  8. Hey Gabrielle, sorry it's been so long since I last visited your blog, I've had a bereavement but I'm back now and just replying to comments! Loved this post, and it's so true too, escapism in writing is what always brings me back to it. I love creating characters, storylines and other worlds, the more magical the better and of course, some nice, visually pleasing stationery doesn't hurt either! I really like that last journal with the fern/leaf print on it. Hope you've been well lovely! - Tasha

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  9. I'm positively surprised to know that you've written books and short stories! I love writing, and I just wish I would dedicate more time to it. I've started writing a novel (well, it'll be more like a novella) and I'm really invested in the story, the only problem is that I can never find time to focus and write mindfully. So yeah, when you can get a whole book done, that definitely boosts your time management skills!
    Pretty stationery is a must, it just gives you that extra motivation to write :D

    Julia x
    Last Post: Spring in Warwick, England | http://juliaspeaksbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/spring-day-in-warwick.html

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  10. I had no idea that it was stationary week, how cool! I'm not one who's taken on this hobby, for some reason, I really struggle with being consistent in writing in journals and planers, I don't know why. But, I must admit that pretty stationary has always inspired me to work harder at it. I've actually been toying with the idea of writing a book, so it's so funny you suggest this. Perhaps this is a confirmation I should?! I love the reasons you've listed, too, and Nest.co.uk seems to have really pretty stationary. Thanks for sharing, beautiful, and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    www.thestylecontour.com

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  11. Beautiful photos! Love this list, great inspiration to start writing and exercising some creativity!

    Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

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  12. Forget writing a book, I struggle to find time to write one blog post. LOL! The stationaries on the other hand are really cute and pretty!

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  13. This would be great to do but I don't think I'd ever find the time to do this haha :)

    Florals&Smiles

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  14. I am such a fan of writing (and pretty stationary)! I keep a journal to keep track of what I've done day-to-day but I also love writing short stories and jotting down random ideas that come to mind. Love this!

    http://thecourtneydiaries.com

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  15. The stationary is so pretty! This post was interesting, thanks for sharing :)

    http://www.myclusterofthoughts.com/

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  16. Hehe I had no idea there is a National Stationery Week! I love all of your notebooks - especially the marble one!

    Tina
    www.justatinabit.com

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  17. Ahh I have a serious unhealthy obsession with stationary haha LOVE IT

    Alya / moorizzla xx

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  18. I'd LOVE to write a book; I think it would be the biggest accomplishment and you'd feel such a rush of joy and pride. I completely agree about having the time to write one; but I do tend to read a lot so I guess I'd use some of this time! I'm also OBSESSED with stationary; I have about 8 notebooks on my desk haha!

    Hayley xo
    www.frockmeimfamous.com

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  19. What an interesting concept for a post, I've always thought about writing a book (especially after some of the vivid dreams I have!) but I've always held back for fear of not being good enough to write something worth while. I think it would be really therapeutic to just write something though, even if no one but me reads it.

    You're right though, finding the time to actually write the thing will be hard!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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  20. How gorgeous is this! Hope you are having a great day!

    Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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  21. I can imagine it's very time consuming writing a book. I wanted to write a book - I even made a separate blog to write astory... but pretty stationary would motivate me more! x

    LAURA ­| Laura Thinks About

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  22. I didn't even know it was a National Stationery week. I always loved pretty stationery.

    Nina's Style Blog

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  23. I have heard it's National Stationery week! Not that I ever need a excuse to buy yet more stationary! All your pieces as stunning, you have such a way with the words!

    Kate x
    themakeupartistschoice.com

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  24. I had no idea it was National Stationary week! That's pretty cool! I remember how when I was little I used to collect all these gorgeous notebooks, but I would never want to fill them up until I bought another one. I ended up having a ton of half filled ones because I hate finishing a notebook. I do agree that writing a book is a great way for escapism. It's nice to have a way to put down ideas, and craft them into something creative. Also, aqua is the perfect color for spring, so bubbly and cheery and lively.

    ~Andrea Tiffany~
    aglimpseofglam.blogspot.com

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  25. Is it really national stationary week? I had no idea. I love colorful stationary! I created some marbled stationary a few weeks ago and I truly love it. I wrote a book but didn’t get it published it was hard to write the book but it was a great experience. Thanks for all the great tips.

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  26. Wow I had no idea you'd written not one but multiple books! I would love to write a book, but it's really time management that's the issue - I'm always waiting until I'm less busy!
    Amy xx
    www.callmeamy.co.uk

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  27. I've really been getting in stationary recently. My new start-up means I work from home now so to jazz things up, I'm buying lovely office pieces and beautiful stationary. Kikki K has been my go-to recently but I'll definitely be checking out Nest as the pieces you've featured are gorgeous! Also you should definitely consider publishing your books ;) xx

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  28. I am terrible for writing my diary but the journal in your picture looks really pretty, love the gold. I received the cutest gift yesterday a little notebook with Social Butterfly on it - will definitely post a picture of it for stationary day tomorrow!
    Jaz xoxo
    http://www.thelifeofasocialbutterfly.co.uk

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  29. I do enjoy writing and have several journals and stationery sets. What a lovely post, Gabrielle. I have the same suitcase sets in dark blue, haha. So you're right, we are definitely on the same page many times. I want to do a cookery book soon but I'm only a quarter finished, when I have time perhaps more. Have a lovely rest of the week. xx/Madison

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  30. That's really cool that you've written some books in your spare time Gabrielle. I've written some short stories and I find writing to be a really enjoyable form of expression. I didn't know about national stationary week. I feel like this gives me an excuse to go splurge on some pretty new stationery now. This assortment looks fantastic!

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  31. Pretty stationery is always an inspiration for me to write...maybe not a book but more like lists, ideas, notes or just to doodle. These are some really gorgeous items Gabrielle.

    Keisha xo
    The Chrysalis Gal

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  32. Oh I didn't know there was a stationery week but I'm loving it! I became obsessed with all-things-stationery thanks to Pinterest basically. Every #homeofficegoals I faved has an impeccable stationery, and the same goes for Instagram's flatlays. Your stationery photography in this post is #goals too! ;)
    As for writing a book, that always sounds like an interesting ideas. We "'content creators' are storytellers at heart so writing a book can be a great way to expand our skills and challenge ourselves!
    xx

    www.stylebydeb.com

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  33. Loving the stationary!! I write a lot. Nothing spectacular though. Hahah but it feels great to write.

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  34. I love your choice of stationaries, especially the pastel boxes that make you think of the first sight of Spring! :) xo~ Lena
    www.thewanderliste.com

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  35. What beautiful stationary. I do love the idea of writing a book. I always have. The closest I came was writing a 100+-page thesis - I enjoyed it immensely. :) Thanks for the inspiring post, Gabrielle!
    xo, janea
    www.theSTYLEtti.com

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  36. These pictures are stunning and some very good points

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  37. I'd love to write a book and what pretty stationary you've shared too!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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  38. Great inspiration to start writing ! Love these pictures !
    Have a fabulous day ahead !
    Nina
    xox
    www.thecrispylipstick.com

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  39. What a lovely set of stationery! I may need to visit Nest for a browse! I have actually written two novels and have also penned a short story, along with many poems but they definitely need polishing before sending to any publishing house - particularly the novels! Thank you for sharing this piece.

    http://www.madelinewilsonojo.com/

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  40. What a great post! thanks for sharing
    gros bisous
    http://gallech.blogspot.com

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  41. This was so motivational - I've always felt like I'd like to write a book but never even started. What a lovely stationery collection too, absolutely love all the metallic details!
    Sophie xxx | Sophar So Good

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  42. I a crazy stationary lover, I'm obsessed. I´ve never heard of Nest.co.uk thanks for sharing I will definitely check it out!

    Vanessa x | www.springlilies.com

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  43. Such a great idea. I've always toyed with the idea of wanting to write a book, but didn't know where to begin. Thank you for the inspiration. I think pretty stationary certainly helps ; )


    xx, Amy
    http://www.theluxilook.com

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  44. Hi beauty :) it has been a while since I commented on your blog but I'm so busy with my new job! I'm a stationery lover so I really love this post Gabrielle :) have a lovely day xx

    aishettina.blogspot.it

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  45. Beautiful stationery always makes me want to write! I actually have written a book, and I agree about the sense of escapism! These days I prefer writing my blog though. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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  46. This is such a great post! Writing is one of my favorite things to do, and I definitely want to check out more of these beautiful desk accessories! Thanks for sharing!

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  47. How amazing that you have actually written 2 books- I think that you should try and get them published :) I've always wanted to write one, but I need to actually do it! The stationary you have featured is so pretty

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

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  48. Everytime I walk into the bookstore here, there's SO many beautiful notebooks I want to buy and they have these really pretty marble binders too. When I was a teenager, one of the things I always wanted to be is an author; and that dream still stands strong. I should look into it :) Thanks for the inspo! <3

    Macarons and Mischief

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  49. I love books. And years before I was also inspired to write a book, a collection of short stories. Will try again this time!

    Madame X
    The Flower Duet

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  50. This stationary is so cute! I love these notebooks!

    http://violettedaily.com

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  51. I didn't know there was such a thing as a National Stationary Day but I'm happy to hear that it exists. I'm certainly a big fan of stationary. It is lovely how many different options are available to us today when it comes to customizing our office/desk time. Many people see stationary as something solely practical, but it doesn't have to be like that. I do believe that cute stationary can make us more productive.

    Having a nicely orderly desk is a must if one has a home office or wants to work from home...and it is equally important that we feel comfortable in our work space as well.
    I love your aesthetics. These photographs are so beautiful. Wonderful stationary. That ruler is very pretty indeed! Wonderful notebooks....and that clock is so adorable. Details like that can really change everything.

    You're absolutely right when it comes to benefits of writing a book. Writing can be very therapeutic. Short stories, poetry, novels, non fictional books- any kind of writing develops our self-discipline, intelligence, creativity and vocabulary. Lots of people swear by keeping a journal, they say it helps them not only to calm down but also to remember things and organize their thoughts better. Similarly, keeping a scrapbook can give us inspiration and new ideas. Great post!

    P.S. Now I'm curious to read something you wrote:).

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  52. I have never written a book but I did write a thesis and it wasn't that fun haha :P
    I had no idea there was a National Stationery week but I love the idea! To me, there is nothing more fun than to buy planners and notepads :)

    Andrea.

    Seize your Style

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  53. I have never heard of national stationary week but now-a-days their is a holiday for everything, lol. Sadly, hand writing is becoming a lost art form and one that is dear to my heart. I'm old school so I love beautiful stationary and kind of get pissed off if people do not respond back with a handwritten note and choose to answer by email or text.
    LaToya
    www.toyastales.blogspot.com

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  54. I love the stationery you've featured - that pen is gorgeous! I've been wanting to write a book for a long time. I've actually started making some notes for it and writing up some ideas so who knows, maybe one day I will write it! x

    LuxeStyle

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  55. Wow, a national stationery week sounds a so great idea!
    Anyway I've never thought of writing a book since, despite I'm a huge reader, I'm not good at all in writing stories! Even when I was little and tried to hold a jounal diary like all the other girls of thet age, at the end all I did was fill it of only drawings and stickers! XD
    Amazing photos, hun!
    xxx
    S
    https://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.it

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  56. I'm a control freak so I always uses those kind of book to make list, plan everything and get inspiration :)

    Great post and amazing picture !

    Kenza from http://travelwithkenza.blogspot.fr/

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  57. Write a book is a dream. Nice post Gabrielle!
    Kisses,
    Eni

    Eniwhere Fashion

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  58. Stationary is one of my biggest weaknesses! Definitely need to stay away from the Paper Source stores in my town haha. I also really love boxes, though, and those little blue trunks you have in the photos are just too cute!

    xo, mikéla / simplydavelyn.com

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  59. Oooo this stuff is really cute! I always buy so much stationary and then don't really use it. I swear it just looks so cute! I would love to write a book someday about my life. It seems daunting to think about though haha.

    -Emily www.coatandcoffee.com

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  60. Writing a book is a great idea and this is great advice. I love your images they are so inspiring and fit perfectly into a writers field. I love writing and I continue to do so in my books and more :)
    http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2017/04/dear-couture-mothers-day-advice.html

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  61. I'm an absolute stationary obsessive, I have so many notebooks. I'm currently writing a book myself :)

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog
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  62. I just made a small stationary in my home and I love it. I love all the things here. I haven't considered writing a book, but then again I guess my blog is my mini book. Ha!

    http://missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

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  63. I love beautiful stationary like yours !
    I always want to buy a new notebook more for sketches because I never like I write and I finsih to throw away the pages. Haha'!
    Good luck for your writing.
    xx,
    Margot
    https://troughthepasturesofthesky.com/

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  64. Slightly obsessed with beautiful stationary myself and I love the 5 reasons to write a book! Have a great weekend, Gabrielle!

    Miriam
    www.londonkitchendiaries.com

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  65. Nice post Beautiful! Thanks for sharing xx
    OHIAMIHT | By Thi-Mai

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  66. I love this post! I'm a crazy stationary lover (waves furiously back) and have always wanted to write a book but I always fail to find a topic to stick to. Please please write a post on how to build characters and book formation etc, because I'd read that one hundred times! The benefits of writing (as you've shown) are wide spread and I don't think limited to just book writing - even blogging gives me similar sensations to what you've written about.
    Kate || www.katerattley.com

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  67. Great items! Happy weekend!:)

    xxBasia

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  68. Since high school I've been considering writing a book, but the idea of what I should write haven't really got into my head yet. Although I'm taking a fiction writing class now :)

    ❤️ Alyssa // STYLE VANITY // Instagram

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  69. Your photos are absolute goals!
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  70. Beautiful pictures ad love the stationary. In my teenage years, I've definitely considered writing a book or two because I was such an avid reader but my career part took me into business. I think I've however passed on that trait to my 8 year old as she loves writing poems, music and short shorties :-) xx

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com

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  71. I want that journal so badly <3

    kiss

    thebrunettetofu.blogspot.pt

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  72. Hahah I kind of feel like I missed this one! But I love stationery, haha it adds to the boss level in one way or another. And how many lovely things you featured!

    Hope you're having a lovely week gorgeous! Xx
    www.thefashionfolks.com

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  73. I loved this! I've always wanted to write a book, but never really stuck to one! It's nice to see I'm not really the only one to have that same ''side passion''!
    Coco| pjsandstuff.wordpress.com

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  74. I love stationery and writing, but never thought of writing a book. I'd love to read yours, as well as your short stories. I'm sure they are very good.

    Jasmine x
    Jas Claire

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