At the writer's conference Jeffery Deaver gave a very funny talk using his past journal entries. I think some of them were embellished, creative license he is after all a writer, but because he is a very successful writer it was fun to listen to his entries when he wasn't so famous. It was all in there self-doubt, self-deprecation, humor, stories about the ways he procrastinated.
I recently found my own journal from 1993 that gave me some interesting story and poetry starters. But it also gave me detailed memories of a time 16 years ago I would have never remembered.
Today, if you have no idea how you would start journaling take one of Bernadette Mayer's ideas and just begin. This is a great list I found online when I was researching her poem, Midwinter Day.Now get back to work!
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