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    Writing journal

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by ManicHedgehog, May 1, 2009.

    Curious as to how many people here keep a writing journal, and if so, how often they update it. What kind of content do you put in? Do you recount the day's events, or do you use it as a dump of creativity? Do you handwrite or type? How long have you been doing it? And how do you keep yourself motivated to stay on schedule?

    I'm starting to keep one myself. I made a point to start one today and, come hell or high water, I'm going to update it every day for as long as I can. I still don't know where it's going to go, but hopefully it becomes a hybrid of everything I just said. I'm handwriting it because I type so fast that my mind can't keep up, which gives me plenty of time to get distracted. And this might do some good for my chicken scratch handwriting.

    Whatever keeps me writing, I'm all for it. Now, to keep it going. Let's see how long I can keep my procrastinator half at bay.
     
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    I used to have a diary, but over time I got too busy to write in it. It still has about a year's worth of good memories though and I'll probably start another over the summer
     
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    I've tried to keep a daily journal many times. It was both as a way to recount the day as well as put my ideas. I have a lot of trouble sleeping at night, mostly because I can't shut my brain off. I have so many thoughts bouncing back and forth in my head and my OCD doesn't let me put it aside. Once I started writing it down in a journal, I was able to let it go. I didn't have to wrry about forgetting it so I could make room for more thoughts, or even that blankness I needed to sleep.

    However, procrastination and my terrible memory won the battle and I gave up. I would add an entry every few days, but they would become shorter and shorter with things like "it's a long story, I'll tell you tomorrow" (I wrote to the journal). I haven't written in it for over a year. I miss it and my ability to sleep. Maybe I'll pick it up for a week or so again. :p
     
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    I'm 33 and I have kept a journal since I was about 14 years old. I update it fairly frequently. The more that is happening in my life the more I write in it. For the first 7 or 8 years of the journal I hand wrote it in blank books. I eventually began keeping it electronically. I felt it was more secure and was easier to search electronically, and it is.

    I write about everything in it from my career, to family issues, to my writing, to what books I have read...everything. It is very entertaining to go back and read my entries from when I was a teenager. My idea of what a "problem" was back then and what a problem is now have changed quite a bit. :)
     
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    I keep several journals for different things. Right now, I don't write in them much, but I'm trying to get back on track and write in them every day like I used to.

    Sweetchaos, I'm like you...it's impossible for me to sleep at night with everything that's bouncing around in my head. I used to try to write in a journal right before I went to bed, and it did help, but now my fiance has to work early in the morning, so I feel bad keeping him up while I write and don't do it anymore. I should start doing that again...I'm sure he'd rather I keep him up an extra five or ten minutes than know that while he's sleeping soundly all night, I'm tossing and turning.
     
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    For my longest story, it was combination of typing and handwriting. I have about nine pages on paper, and three that aren't on paper on the computer.
     
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    i kept a journal for about 12 years, a lot of years up in the arctic circle, sometimes when i was in weird places, kept my boredom away. reading back, i'm sure i was quite insane during those years
     
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    I recently found about five short entries I wrote in 2001 and 2002, and I feel that since I started keeping a diary electronically in March, that it's easier because I can go back and edit a lot faster etc.

    I do the same thing. What's happened in the day, what I'm thinking, doing etc. Pretty much what's on my mind. The only problem I've had was when I was a moment in the day, I wasn't actually enjoying the moment. Rather, I was wondering if I would remember to write it in the diary entry for that day. I'm just telling myself that odds are if it's that's big a moment, you won't forget it, so just enjoy it while it lasts.

    That's happened to me quite a bit, I used to regularly getting up one night and just scrawling down notes on paper and saying "I'll type that up tomorrow." I don't do that now,but it's hard because I do miss some things for that day's entry. I usually type it in the next day but I mainly forget things all together. I just hope they're not important :p.

    I guess that's why I started when I did. A few years from now I want to be able to look back on what I wrote and see how I've changed etc. That's not the main reason why I keep one, I just find it, I guess 'satisfying' to type my thoughts in one spot.
     
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    I've got my journals dating all the way back to when I was twelve years old. They were the only things that made it with me through every group home and foster home. It's wild looking back into the mind of your adolescent self.

    I still journal daily. Sometimes it's the details of my day, how the writing is going, my lurid fantasies of interesting methods to do in my husband's mother and not get caught, really bad poetry, free writing, reviews of books I'm reading. My journal is sort of my place to dump all the stuff out of my head that gets in the way of my writing.

    I keep it in marble front composition books -- that's what all of them are in -- all 81 of them in chronological order in a box.
     
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    All of you have inspired me to start writing in my journal again. I may not keep at it daily, but I'll at least try to write in it a couple days a week. It'll help with sleeping and my anxiety disorder (hopefully). There are a lot of things I need to get written down. I bottle it all up way too much and I'm afraid for the day it all comes exploding out. :p
     

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