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Sep 10, 2011, 6:03 PM

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I am a recovering journal writer - as in, wasted my whole existence writing in some dorky journal or other. Weird to get out of that habit at the ripe old age of 32, but there you have it
Instead am turning to other writerly pursuits.
There exist people in my life who would fain write and be published and I have been recruited for this. On the other hand, I feel the verbiage stuck inside of me seeking release somehow, so I might do this for myself as well at some point. Aside from that, I've taken to online socializing so, why not do so in a more productive form than through other sites?
Anyhow, that's it for that so far
everyone have a great day

Anne Bower
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Sep 13, 2011, 7:51 AM

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Re: [ahorrasi] Hello World [In reply to] Can't Post

When I turned 65 and retired, I spent a whole day reading through all those journals I'd kept....what a lot of repetition. I fired up the woodstove and started ripping out pages, kept the house warm and began to feel freer. I did keep a few pages and put them in a folder--mostly things that seemed useful for future stories.
Now, if I journal, it's an occasional bitch session where no one can hear/read my words or it's connected to work I'm doing on a story--a free way to explore possibilities.
But journals are a lovely, formless mode of moving words and thoughts around and for some people, really productive! Don't you love it: no rules!!!

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Sep 13, 2011, 8:22 AM

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Re: [annebower] Hello World [In reply to] Can't Post

The journal can also be a good warmup for a writing day. When I was living alone, I wrote my journal while the tea was steeping -- four minutes every day. I haven't quite worked it into my current routine yet, but it's on my desk glaring at me.

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Sep 13, 2011, 12:11 PM

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Re: [pongo] Hello World [In reply to] Can't Post

I like that: writing while the tea is steeping. It's a great metaphor as a well as a useful practice. I've never been good at keeping a journal, although I do have a little notebook that I carry in my bag at all times, as well as a legal pad I keep in my nightstand drawer.

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