The importance of my journals

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Pictured above:

  1. People I want to punch in the throat
  2. Writers Digest Writing Planner
  3. Daily Priorities
  4. The Bunny Suicides Daily planner/calendar
  5. Q&A: 5 year day by day questions
  6. One Line At a Time
  7. Just a plain old writing journal
  8. Not pictured…my novel notes journal

Yes, I’m a bit excessive about the whole journal/diary/note taking thing. Obsessive even. I write in each one every day. Lets take a break down of each.

1. People I want to punch in the throat. Its my passive aggressive journal for the people who I really would like to punch in the throat but refrain from doing so because I don’t think I would look good in County Jail Orange and I cant afford legal fees. Its therapeutic. It really is. I was thrilled when I actually found a book entitled ‘People I want to punch in the throat’. I mean, I use that saying all the time. Its one of my favorite threats.

2. Writers Digest Writing Planner. I use this to schedule my writing time, and keep notes on what I blog about to make sure I don’t repeat myself and have fresh material.

3. Daily Priorities. I use this to schedule my day. From waking (if I’ve slept) to bed (if I go there). Mundane tasks, errands, appointments. What needs to be done first, what can wait. And what I love about this planner is it has an accomplishment and achievement spot to make notes in. It lets me plot out future endeavors as well. What I hope to achieve and when…giving me a timeline and goal to strive for.

4. The Bunny Suicides Daily planner/calendar. This is my appointment calendar pretty much. I make notes here and there. Its not very big as far as when you can fill in on the daily happenings part. Okay, really, I got it because, come on…its the Bunny Suicides. Anyone who hasn’t ever picked up one of these books in the series and chuckled is just wrong. 😛

5. Q&A: 5 year day by day questions. This was a gift actually. But I love it. It spans each day for 5 years. Each day it asks a question for you to answer. I liked the idea that over the course of time I will be able to see the changes in myself reflected in my answers.

6. One Line At a Time. This little book is a lot like the Q&A book. It spans 5 years, only it asks no questions. It gives you just enough space day to day to write one line. A sentence, a quote, a thought, a song lyric snippet. Anything that happens to reflect on what you may be feeling at the time.

7. Just a plain old writing journal. I write down EVERYTHING. Its a total bitch book. I seem to chronicle everything. Thoughts, emotions, ideas, quotes, things that happened, appointments and outcomes. Everything.

8. My novel notes journal. It is everything involving my writing. What I blogged for the day, what sort of progress I’ve made on my books, what sort of progress I’ve made on editing and whatnot, and little notes and tips I’ve found useful from articles and blogs that I could put into practice.

Why do I feel keeping journals is so important as a writer? Well, in any one of these journals/calendars/notes I keep, I can go back at any time and recapture an emotion I felt. That in turn allows me to convey an emotion or thought process in a character I happen to be writing. My own day to day experiences can fuel a characters actions, and I will know how they feel, and can convey it properly.

I think its good practice for anyone to keep a journal, whether its on paper and handwritten, or on the computer. Capturing day to day thoughts and feelings can come in so useful in your writing. Have an argument with someone? What was the emotions you felt? What burned your britches? What was the outcome? Later on, you could incorporate some of that into a story. Useful stuff.

I’m also an avid office supply hoarder and list maker. Oh, yes, I have 5 books of random questions and lists. Four of them are called ‘The Secret Life of Me…” and then each has their own edition, whether its a list keepsake, a biased look on things…and two are questionnaire journals.

Post-its. I have a million. Office Depot is one of my favorite places. And then there is Best Buy. Do I really need 10 thumb drives? No. Are they cool? Yes. Do I really need 2 external hard drives? No. Are they cool? Yes.

We wont even talk about my Amazon Prime Membership. Really, its a lifesaver. I don’t have to leave the house. As much as I love Office Depot and Best Buy, I have to actually have to drive there and all…Amazon usually has better prices, too.

I’m rambling now. Its 3am and I’m in quite a bit of pain from this ear infection. I am making the soonest appointment possible with my doctor first thing in the morning when the offices open. Until then, me and fat cat are going to keep bickering on who gets to sit on the majority of this chair. She gets behind me, kicks me, and if I don’t scoot up to the edge of the seat, the lil snot bites my bum. She’s winning at the moment.  ಠ_ಠ

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0 Responses to The importance of my journals

  1. I don’t journal, but you make me wish I did. I might steal this character trait for one of my novels. Especially ‘People I’d like to punch in the throat’. That’s a great visual.

  2. Thanks for the repost, Zoe!

  3. Corina says:

    I’ve started journals many times throughout my life. It seems like the only ones I’ve managed to keep for any length of time are the ones that were required for classes and a few diaries. I currently have a small handmade blank book that my daughter made for me in school (college art major). I use it to jot down notes, quotes, and ideas. It sits next to me where ever I’m at. I am also starting a 30 day art/creative journal but I haven’t liked the prompts this week so I haven’t done them but I am feeling a little like I want to do something in there today so we’ll see!

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