Keeping a Journal – Uncovering the Inner Self

In these days of Twitter and Facebook and the like, where every thought can be recorded and shared, is there a need for journaling? In response, consider the following words: Catharsis. Comfort. Insight. Clarity. Self-awareness. Goals. Joys. Memories. Focus. Explore. Therapy. Friendship. Mindfulness. Creativity.

Quote 1 on journallingAll these words are mentioned in connection with the act of keeping a journal, of writing regularly, if not daily, about your thoughts and observations, your struggles and triumphs, your personal interactions both positive and negative. Journals are the raw musings on life.

John Adams, second US president, kept a journal, as did Marie Curie, Bob Dylan, Joseph Goebbels, George S. Patton, Charles Darwin, Winston Churchill, and Queen Victoria . . .

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M.K. Tod writes historical fiction and blogs about all aspects of the genre at A Writer of History. Her latest novel, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE is set in WWI France and is available from Amazon, NookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. Her debut novel, UNRAVELLED: Two wars. Two affairs. One marriage. is also available from these retailers.

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Hermit or Cocooning?

 

HK JournalDuring a three-year expat assignment in Hong Kong, I had a lot of time to myself. Time to discover not only the completely foreign world I then lived in, but also to discover myself. A friend gave me a notebook before we left with a cover title of Better to Wine than to Whine and I filled its pages on random occasions while overseas. Surprisingly, many entries feel equally meaningful now that I am writing full time.

March 2005

Today our apartment was totally in the fog – which felt like being in a cocoon, wrapped in a cloud. It wasn’t scary but instead comforting, as though I had an excuse to stay in the apartment rather than embrace the world. The cocoon held me trapped but cosy inside our four walls.

Lethargy can set in under such circumstances, encouraging one to indulge oneself, to remain introverted. It’s easy to be introverted, much more difficult to be out there, open to failure, rejection, judgment.

A critic might call me a hermit – who me, I would say, I’m just taking pleasure in my own company. After years of being busy, it’s rather nice to surround myself with me.

Do you think of yourself as a hermit when you are writing? Or are you wrapped in a cocoon getting to know yourself better?

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M.K. Tod writes historical fiction and blogs about all aspects of the genre at A Writer of History. Her latest novel, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE is set in WWI France and is available from Amazon, NookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. Her debut novel, UNRAVELLED: Two wars. Two affairs. One marriage. is also available from these retailers.

Mary can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.