A Line a Day
On Friday, I linked to a DIY calendar/journal at DesignSponge that I think looks fun and easy. I really like the idea of documenting days, events, feelings. I’ve kept a journal, in some sense, on and off since I was six years old and my sister gave me a diary she made in school for Christmas. Last year, I wrote on the Fringe blog what it’s meant for me to keep a notebook for so long.
The impetus for the calendar above is to write one line each day–nothing flowery, nothing detailed–just something to keep some kind of memory of that day. Unfortunately, any kind of writing (beyond emails, work-related stuff, and blogging) has fallen by the wayside lately, so I like this idea of keeping it concise. A couple of months ago, I tried keeping a small record of my day, just a sentence or two, in a Google Doc. I was able to keep it up for a while, but as seems to be a pattern these days, I kept forgetting to do it, and just haven’t gotten back into the habit.
So, even if I have a pretty little box of index cards and vintage postcards, and know I only need to write down a few words each day, will that be motivation enough to write? I wonder what it will take to motivate me not only to write, but to keep writing–to make it as essential a habit as brushing my teeth or having my morning coffee.
Do any of you keep a journal or write on a regular basis? Do you have any motivational tips for getting into the writing habit and making it a ritual?