Keeping a journal or notebook fosters the journal-writing skill, not the fiction-writing skill.
— Caro Clarke; the writer’s notebook, or let’s not really write
From Ketutar Writing
Ah. I actually think Caro Clarke has a point. At least I had a ‘flash moment ‘ when I read this.
“Oho, so that’s why I stopped writing fiction when I started journaling…” it’s true. I did. During my days and years in 12 step recovery, I would carry a journal with me everywhere – constantly examining my own feelings, explaining them to myself, processing them in clear text. I only wrote fiction or poetry those times when there was either an ‘overflow’ or I couldn’t get a clear fix ‘intellectually’ on what was going on. Or couldn’t verbalize my innards (inner kid) to myself. Then I would write stories about him or for him.
Instead of exploring my characters’ emotions and actions to understand my own or integrate them with myself, I turned the process on its head, and off course there would be no reason to explore my characters’ emotions and actions once I was directly exploring my own emotions and actions.
Several authors manage to write fiction even though they have a writer’s journal :-D Go ahead and do what ever you like. It’s not that your ideas get stale or die because you write them down in a journal. From Ketutar Writing.
Perhaps. I see your point. But I still feel sad for 15 years of fictional writing lost because I was told to bypass my fictional therapists…
I hope I can unlearn at least some, so the Horse is again in front of the Cart.