Journals, diaries, and (for you modern hipsters) blogs- whatever you want to call them, many writers have advised them as a helpful way of collecting thoughts, practicing writing, and finding your own voice and tone. I was just wondering if anyone here actually adhered to this advice, or strongly agreed, or disagreed, or probably agreed but never got the time to actually keep a daily journal. I know that many people keep blogs here on this forum (I tried it, but it never worked for me)- if you do that, how often do you do it, what do you think of it, and do you journal outside of that? I myself recently went on a vacation where I expected to get cracking on the new novel that I'd been planning, but instead I wound up writing a daily diary of the things I did (which were pretty cool, I have to admit). I felt, though, that I had somehow gotten more good practice with my writing then I would have if I had just kept working on my little novel thing. I've never done this before- I never thought I had time- but I'd like to see how long it lasts (probably three days). So. I kind of think it's a pretty fascinating subject when talking about writing development, and there's obviously a lot of ways to take this conversation. Anyone?