The pink one is my general writing journal. It's an A5 linen-covered notebook with ruled pages, from Paperchase. It's my fifth writing journal since being persuaded to start one, 3 years ago, by my Open University tutor. I alternate between pink and purple because I love bright colours and the only other option is black.
If I remember correctly, the official OU writing courses line is to use whatever notebook you're most comfortable with - whether it's an hideously expensive, fancy one or your basic Tesco Value pad. However, my tutor recommended that we use a notebook that feels special. She said it would serve as a reminder that our writing is special and make us value our writing.
As someone who has ripped apart and thrown away many notebooks over the years, I can confirm that my tutor is right. While not especially fancy, my notebooks cost too much to rip out pages. Therefore I keep all the scrawled mess and idiotic ideas I come up with, and am sometimes suprised when re-reading to find a gem amongst the dross. It also means I can see how I think and how my writing has developed.
The black and white notebook in the photo was a gift from one of my best friends. It's also from Paperchase and I'm using it for a current writing project, to keep all my plans and ideas in the same place. I love the textures of the covers and pages of these notebooks - it's a pleasure to write in them, even when the writing's not so good. I also adore the ribbon markers!