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3 May 2000 ... Paper Journal
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For the past 40 days I have been writing four pages a day in my paper journal. Which is quite a step up from the page and a half I was writing in my last notebook.

Reasons. Hm. I have plenty of time on my hands. Taking an hour or so out of my day to write is not a big deal at the moment. I love to write. And writing so much, I have found, has given my creativity a boost in other areas as well. Also, it is important to me to have something to show for my time.

And how do I do it? Occasionally I sit down and whip up four pages of writing. I usually start with a warm up just to get me going, about a page or two of diary-type fluff along the lines of what happened today. I might do a page of thoughtful meandering and I usually dedicate one page as a response to a prompt. I get my writing prompts from A Writer's Book of Days. Occasionally the writing I get from the prompt ends up here in my online journal.

Other times, I write in short spurts during the day. These are usually the more interesting pages and I have color coded some of these entries according to subject. If I remember a dream, I write that with my sky blue pen. If I am reading a good book, I will write a quote or a passage into my notebook in pink. I summarize fascinating information with red. I use green to list ideas for future projects. And purple is for fiction, which is true on my web site as well (story page).

I think that all this writing has done me some good. Tho I would probably never say it out loud, I do consider myself a writer. After all, I do write, and I write a lot more than the average human being.

Writing has also somehow given me some confidence. I have taken on more projects in the past month than I have in the last year. When someone offers appreciation of my projects, I am now able to accept graciously. In the past I would not have believed that anyone liked my stuff and I would have said something self-deprecating.

Basically, I just feel better when I am writing.

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