|Marissa's Top Secret Journals|
|My very first Diary|
I think of this whenever I re-read my well-loved collection of L.M. Montgomery’s journals. You rediscover her familiar sharp wit and keen insight into humanity on the pages of her journals, yet she’s also preserved a fascinating historical account of everyday life in turn of the century Canada. I’m not suggesting my pink teddy-bear diary would provide the same to future readers, but it’s of priceless worth to me and my family. Long forgotten memories burst forth in full color when I see my childish scrawl and remember the accompanying emotions.
Challenging oneself to get the setting of the classroom exactly right and then recreate the emotion of The Most Embarrassing Moment can inspire good writing when the plot-well has run dry or the idea of writing a full story seems impossible. Recording overheard conversations can aid in developing an ear for dialogue, and a scathing description of the Mean Girl in P.E. class can sharpen character-development skills.
My favorite thing these days is to get a blank sketchbook, and fill its pages with written words and inspiring photos and even a sketch or two. Have I convinced you yet? Whatever your age, I declare in my completely biased opinion that a journal is an essential tool for the writer, so head on out to your local bookstore and have fun picking one out. Just make sure to get a lock. Or make sure no one can find them without your permission or until you are dead.
What do you think, Readers of Mayhem? To journal or not to journal? Even better, tell us what your favorite (or first!) journal looks like, and, if you dare, what precautions you’ve taken to make sure its privacy is secured.