I look at my new notebooks with, perhaps, a little trepidation.
I am determined to write more by hand, to slow down and spend time with my thoughts. But I want to do them justice.
I have seen if said that it is better to buy cheap - that way you're not afraid to make a mess of it. Or less afraid.
Getting away from this mindset as soon as possible is key. Making a mark on the pristine paper, anything at all, will break the spell.
After all, I'm not a medieval monk transcribing manuscripts with a need for exactitude; I'm just a regular guy scribbling down his thoughts.