Sunday, September 19, 2010

Reflectionating

I stumbled across author John D. Brown by way of some guest appearances he made at writing excuses. John's got some cool advice over at his website; one thing in particular that struck me was his suggestion to reflect on both your reading and your writing, and keep these reflections in a writing journal.

Uh... oops. I see that I never do any of that. But why not? It's an excellent idea to keep in good form. If I don't take every book I read and every story I write and mince the good and the bad in them, uncover what I've learned or what I've done wrong, and ask how I can use that experience to improve, then why am I doing either?

New rules: I've got a writing journal, specifically to address these questions. Hopefully, this will give me some insight into why I like some of my stories and hate others--thereby allowing me to improve overall.

-bn

3 comments:

  1. I haven't started a full journal on the topic. All I have is a list of every book I've read and a note with a one word comment whether I liked it or not. It makes sense to make a journal though.

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  2. I keep a dream diary. That counts, right? Stop judging me, I'm a lucid dreamer. (I can feel you judging me.)

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  3. I used to keep a dream journal. It had the (OM) symbol on it. And then I got too sleepy to wake up and remember...

    -bn

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