Archive for September, 2011


Journals: what and how to journal

September 24, 2011

What do you write about in your journal? In order to answer my own question, I hunted

through my stash of old notebooks and discovered a plethora of ideas. Not only did I have traditional diaries with covers designed in pink polka dots and bursting flowers, but I had journals filled with odd organizational tips. Call me obsessive, but I found notebooks about the following subjects:

-personal musings


-ideas for writing

-character sketches

-Christmas ideas

-important dates (birthdays and the like)



-notes to my kids

-notes to my dad

-home improvements

-travel ideas

Be relieved to know that I’ve since consolidated. I now have one journal with tabs for most of my subjects. As a paper girl, I can’t completely convert to the keyboard, but I’m trying.

Journal writing can be used for almost any kind of organization. A journal gives you a place to write anywhere, anytime. As a certified writing geek, I even keep a journal in the glove compartment of my car. One never knows when the next Newberry or Pulitzer Prize idea will strike. My suggestion? Buy a journal, although just one. Organize with tabs. Write.

And write some more.


Quotes 2

September 15, 2011

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail. –Confucius

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do. –Thomas Jefferson

Writing is 1 percent inspiration, and 99 percent elimination. –Louise Brooks