More on 129 Tips…
Tip #36 just doesn’t work for me. Never has. Probably never will. It’s journaling.
Now, I keep a lot of notes related to stories I want to write someday. I tuck them away carefully in those wonderful little notebooks from Dollar Tree. (I can’t go into that store without buying several.)
I’ve tried, believe me. Tried and failed more than once. It’s just not for me, and I can’t come up with a good reason except I’m not consistent. It’s like a have-to rather than a want-to, and I’m at the age when the latter trumps the former.
Besides that, I prefer keeping my private thoughts private. If they’re written down, there’s always the chance someone else could get hold of them...like if I get trampled by a herd of elephants or end up mummified in some cavern somewhere. Nope. I’ll think my thoughts, not write them down.
Journaling isn’t a bad idea. I’m sure it works for a lot of people, not just writers. If it works for you, go for it, and don’t look back.
It’s like being a plotter instead of a pantser. There’s no one-size-fits-all in writing. I mostly pant instead of plot. I mostly rely on notes rather than consistent journal entries.
Whatever works—finding that out and following through wins the race for the rabbit and the turtle.