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Dustin LindenSmith

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unpublishable journal?

Jerry sent me the following quote after our lunch earlier this week, and I've been thinking about it off and on ever since. I spend a fair bit of time working on specific writing projects and also entering my reflections into this weblog, but it has been years since I've kept my own private, "unpublishable" journal for my own consumption. I have to admit that there are certain things that I would like to write about that are totally private, so I think I might try doing this sometimes.
I do think that keeping an honest, unpublishable journal is helpful. Include what you are thinking, what you are feeling, what you are responding to. Include what you are angry about that you heard on the news. don't talk about the news in terms of politics, but in terms of your own life. What does this mean to you? So these are my three recommendations: Read, keep an honest journal and write every day.

-- Madeleine L'Engle. 2002. "Words of Wisdom." The Writer. Jun, p. 27

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vyus May 13th, 2005
i make private entries in LJ all the time.

seekerofsages May 13th, 2005
yes-to me,
-striking a balance between reading, writing and silence-
-keeps one alert and balanced...
and aloneness is necessary sometimes with this mix.

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