I've always been a big supporter of journaling. As a writer, I would force myself to make daily entries, whether it consisted of snippets of dialogue or decriptions. Perhaps even a three page scene or sketch which might promise to develop into something else. I remember being struck once by Steven King once writing that he wrote six titles, taped them to his refrigerator, and then forced himself to write a story using each one. Reading that, I immediately started adding possible titles to my journal entries along with one sentence outlines of where that title might head.
In 2000 though, I did something strange, I actually began a journal that recorded daily events and or thoughts. No writer's journal here. I recently found this journal while looking through the closet for a notebook to write in. Reading it over, I smiled as some memories were jogged and marveled at some of the things forgotten. I also was surprised by the emotional content. My therapist would have been pleased.
So, what about now? Has blogging replaced journals? Somewhat. But I am about to embark on a new experiment. A daily journal of the sort I made in 2000. I will be using the Star Message Diary program.Okay it sounds hokey, but the program is free and does what I want it to do.
I'll have to see how this process goes. Hopefully it will be as successful as the 2000 diary.