Tip of the Week November 6, 2014: Your Journal

tjb logoYou have two journals, the one that you write down and the one in your head. A written journal is usually more accurate than a mental one. So don’t completely rely on your memory. Each day jot down things that occurred and things that are of interest to you and possibly others.

I have always regretted that I never kept a journal, which means that I have to rely on my memory. That is not good.

Earnest Hemingway, Sun Valley Idaho, 1939 (A few miles from my home.)

Earnest Hemingway, Sun Valley Idaho, 1939 (A few miles from my home.)

You can keep a journal on your computer. You’re probably there every day anyway and may as well jot down what you did, what you thought, and what you plan to do. If you are a writer, and you may well be sometime in your life, at least to write your memoirs, you will be glad you did.

Earnest Hemingway was a journalist which showed up in his fiction.

But I still think that a written journal in your own handwriting is best.

There is a difference between writing with a pen or pencil on paper than typing into a typewriter or a computer keyboard.  Erle Stanley Gardner, author of the Perry Mason novels (as I remember) wrote his novels with a pen on a yellow legal pad. That is what he sent to the publisher. He did this while sitting on his porch in Florida.

One last thing. Even if you never use your journal, if you leave it behind, it will be your history in you own words.

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John

One of my earliest paintings. Wisconsin Dells with Mountains Not really there. I pasted parts of 9 postcards into the painting. Can you find them?

One of my earliest paintings. Wisconsin Dells with Mountains Not really there. I pasted parts of 9 postcards into the painting. Can you find them?

 

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