Quite a few years ago, I found this community on LiveJournal dedicated to paper journaling. It was called Embodiment and if I remember correctly, the goal was to journal every day. People would post pictures of what they doodled and wrote. Some of the entries were amazingly detailed and looked like art. Basically, the community was like porn for me.
I took part in the challenge and occasionally posted some of my entries. I stopped because as you can expect from keeping a paper journal, people snooped and read everything. It was upsetting to know that someone close to me disregarded my privacy, just to look for their name in print.
Anyway, as I was trying to come up with essay ideas to submit to literary journals I realized that it was much easier to come up with stories when I journaled daily. All I had to do was go through past entries to string an idea together.
So, after much debating I’ve decided to start journaling again. Of course, it won’t contain anything so private that I’d be embarrassed or hurt if someone read it. It will just contain snippets of the day, overhead dialogue, story ideas, and the like. It will mostly be a writer’s notebook.
Would anyone be interested in the occasional picture post of my entries? It wouldn’t be a lot, just a few to get a glimpse of one way to use a writer’s notebook.
*Photo by Mateusz Stachowski