Thursday, 23 August 2012

Keeping a Journal: Fun or Fad?

Yesterday I got a newsletter from a website that I subscribe to, one of the not-so-many that I still actually do read. The subject of the newsletter was about keeping a journal, and it was sent from a website where you can keep an online journal.

Although I have started a journal online, I seemed to like my fountain pen and Moleskine notebooks that much better.

As a writer, people would not be frown upon my writing in my journal at my favourite coffee shop, in fact people would assume that is what writers do. And to some extent they would be right, of course. I keep a little notebook in every bag that I would carry with me, to jot down ideas or observations that I feel could lead to a story, or could improve a project that I was busy with at the time.

My journal is more than just ideas for my books, although it does involve a lot of whining about plots and characters, and editing - where I never seem to be keeping to my own deadlines.

I have to confess, that even though I had no specific interest in writing as a youngster, I have kept a journal from a very young age. Oh, I don't have those very first ones any more, in fact I tend to destroy them as the years go by, but I still enjoy the practice today.

The photographs you see here are from my journals of 2011 and 2012, with some of the text blurred out - I cannot go around giving away all my secrets now, can I?

I like to decorate my journal entries, and sometimes with a theme as you can see from the NaNoWriMo entries of last year. But that is just my oddness coming through, and yet I still smile when I look at those pages.

But keeping a journal can be so much more, and it will be different for everyone. If you have been thinking about keeping a journal or wondered if it would really worth your while, take a look at a blog where you might find the inspiration and guidance to note down events in your life that may be the inspiration of generations to come.