Originally Posted by RJM Corbet
Does anyone else keep a diary? Not a Samuel Peyps day by day diary of events in a book, but an ongoing thought diary in longhand, on loose pages and dated at the top? I like writing with a lovely Parker 'proper ink pen' I got as a gift, and I like black ink. The pages just accumulate and get chucked in a heap, but the stream-of-consciousness writing helps crystalize the germs of ideas into words and sentences?
I used to - well not really a diary with dated entries- but loads of scraps of paper into a big plastic box. However I'm left-handed and a science graduate and doctorate holder, so I can barely read my own appalling handwriting after a while (I think it has a half-life of about 8 weeks...)
Hence now, every thought gets added to a big word document instead.
I find it rewarding every so often, around a blue moon, to go in and read these scraps, restructure and see what gets sparked off.