My first diary was a small pink book with a picture of Cinderella on the front. It came with a tiny key for privacy. Although I didn’t have any deep dark secrets at the age of 11, I kept it hidden under my bed. As I got older, I exchanged my pink diary for a journal.
Despite being inconsistent with writing in my journals, I’ve always had one. Actually, I have more than one journal. Like my paper book collection, I hoard journals. I have journals in all different sizes and colors all over my house.
When I read old journal entries, I travel back in time. I relive the good and not so good times. I read about people who are no longer in my life, but hold a permanent place in the pages of my journals. I find comfort in reading the experiences that made me the person I am today.
Recently I decided to start an ideas journal. For years, I’ve scribbled story ideas, titles, settings and character names on post-it notes or scrap pieces of paper. These ideas were tucked away in drawers or buried at the bottom of my purse. When I stumbled across a crinkled piece of paper, I would think, that was good, why haven’t I developed that idea.
Now all of my story ideas are organized in one place. I’ve also been using it to record ideas for blog posts. After reading fellow blogger, Luanne’s post on Freewriting, I’ve decided to use my idea journal to give freewriting a try. I love the idea of writing about anything for a set period of time as a prewriting technique. If I enjoy it, I might start a designated journal for freewriting. That will give me an excuse to go shopping for a new journal.
Do you journal or free write?