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I've kept journals, off and on over the years. Different formats. The two I've kept up the most have been a computerized database and those 5-1/2"x4" notebooks. Oh, and composition books, too.

The small notebooks I really like cuz I can take them anywhere. I kinda record everything in mine: thoughts, ideas, shopping lists, errand lists, etc. When one's full, before I start the next one, I go through the previous one, page by page, and pull out anything which I want to "carry forward" with me. That stuff gets copied in the front pages of the new one.

The composition books are mostly when I feel like writing more than jottings. Sometimes I go through periods of making it like a diary, and sometimes it's a string of stuff I'm working out (sometimes fiction, sometimes non-fiction).

I seem to go in spells. When I'm not doing much creative, the journals provide an outlet for what my mind produces. When I'm being creative, the journals take a backseat. They can be good for jumpstarting when I hit a stall somewhere, for releasing when I'm pent up, for organizing when I'm having trouble thinking something through.

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