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post #101 of 111

Just curious

Do any of you write other than in your personal journal? I have thought about keeping a separate book for my fiction writing 'twinges' I get every so often. But carrying around an armful of journal is not going to work for me.

I have also tried keeping a pocket notebook (of course, it never really fits in a pocket and I never have it when I have a wonderful idea!).
post #102 of 111
Yep. I have three journals: one for myself, one I keep for my stepdaughter, and one where I write down description of the books I've read.

I don't carry them around, though. All of them are too big. I might bring my personal one to a quiet place, but that's it.

P.S. I like the "fiction twinges" journal idea. The question is, who has the time? :
post #103 of 111
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Originally Posted by sarabethsmommy View Post
Hello everyone! Forgive me for just jumping into here like this but I have a kind of a weird question to ask.
Here it goes.
I haven't had a journal since high school so about 5 years now. The reason i stoped was because someone got a hold of my journal in high school and exposed some really personal things about me. My mother said that i should never ever write anything down on paper that i would not want exposed.
For my birthday this year a close friend of mine gave me a beautiful leather bound journal. I would love to start writing in it, especially because i do not have that many close friends that i can run to to talk to nor do i want to tell them some things about myself. I know i really need to get some stuff off my chest and I know that journaling would help me out but every time i pick up my pen settle down in a comfy spot and open my journal i can't do it. I just hear my mothers voice saying "don't write anything on paper." Its like everything that i want to say slips out of my head the moment i open that journal.
My first line in my journal is "Its completely irritating that i am being suffocated by fears and by a pen."
I hope someone has some insight to my odd fear.

Oh my - this makes me so sad. A fear from the past is preventing you from doing the very thing that could help you get over the past. I'm not a therapist (but I am married to one) but I do suggest that you "force" yourself to write in your journal, keep it somewhere where no one could find it (buy a lock box if you have to ) and as time goes by I think you might find that you are less afraid (I think it's called exposure therapy). In the journal talk to your fear, talk to your mother... just talk. Good luck!
post #104 of 111
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Originally Posted by CalaRei View Post
Hi everyone. I hope you don't mind if I join in.

I'd like to start a paper journal, a long letter to the future, I guess.

Except, I have some sort of strange OCD that keeps me from "spoiling" a perfect, blank journal like that. And then when I think long term, I worry about not finding the same type of journal and they won't line up on a shelf. Oh my! I think lots of people stumble on this for some reason.

Anyhow, hello!
I used to feel this way too. However, one time I finished writing in a ratty old journal and the only thing I had in the house was a beautiful blank book someone had given me. I am so addicted to journaling I faced my perfectionism and wrote in it. You know what? My words felt special sitting in such beauty! I realized that my thoughts deserve to be treated to luxury because they are that important. I now write in nothing less... and I personally love the fun, eclectic look of all the different journals I have been drawn to for whatever reason over the years.
post #105 of 111
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Oh my - this makes me so sad. A fear from the past is preventing you from doing the very thing that could help you get over the past. I'm not a therapist (but I am married to one) but I do suggest that you "force" yourself to write in your journal, keep it somewhere where no one could find it (buy a lock box if you have to ) and as time goes by I think you might find that you are less afraid (I think it's called exposure therapy). In the journal talk to your fear, talk to your mother... just talk. Good luck!
Thank you so much! I am going to try very hard to write in my journal... hey at least i can open it and uncap a pen! I did talk to one of my friends and she showed me just a little bit of her journal and she suggested that I paste pictures in the inside cover and back cover of my journal, pictures that i like, clipping from magazines that make me feel good, happy, and calm. I'll keep you updated, thanks for the support and advice!
post #106 of 111
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Originally Posted by amhancock View Post
Do any of you write other than in your personal journal? I have thought about keeping a separate book for my fiction writing 'twinges' I get every so often. But carrying around an armful of journal is not going to work for me.

I have also tried keeping a pocket notebook (of course, it never really fits in a pocket and I never have it when I have a wonderful idea!).
I keep THINKING of doing that - but my fiction is so close to my real life (write what you know)- and i am always inspired to write and journal when i am reading alot - which i have been recently.

However i keep two journals - one for my eyes only , one directed at my future children about how i feel now while waiting for them to arrive and once they are here it will be their baby book (it is huge)


I had bought a nice one that had pretty printed perforated pages that i could write letters to friends and family but i stopped carrying that around cause i never had anything interesting to write them.
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post #108 of 111
hey rach... i think i know the answer to this one, but can i pull some of your techniques and share them on my birth trauma board? i think they'll really help one of the mommas i've been chatting with there.....
post #109 of 111
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Absolutely!
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New Thread is up! Please come join us over there!!!
http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=941945
post #111 of 111
nevermind

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