Starting a Journal

I’ve been keeping track of Tayari Jones’ blog and recently read an interesting blog post a few days ago here. Jones wrote about wanting to start a daily journal and was in search of the perfect journal. She successfully found a Moleskine journal that was easy to carry and write in. I’ve always been jealous of the people who wake up in the morning and journal while drinking coffee or the breed of writers who refuse to go to bed until their thoughts are written on paper. I have tried many times to start a journal. All attempts have rendered unsuccessful. I think I have failed at the art of journaling because my expectations are always too high. In my mind I want to be able to right down play-by-play details of my emotions and actions of the day. I want to scribble exciting sentences about the handsome stranger I met on the street or the $100 bill I found in my car. Maybe if I lower my expectations and just write the bare facts of my day or just how I am feeling then I can successfully keep a written account of my life. My goal: start a journal and write in it once a day, even if I do have to make up exciting crap.

Chealsea Crouse is a senior majoring in Communications.

Quote of the Week – Elie Wiesel

A Sacred Magic Can Elevate the Secular Storyteller

Writing, however, is getting more and more difficult. Not to repeat oneself is every writer’s obsession. Not to slide into sentimentality, not to imitate, not to spread oneself too thin. To respect words that are heavy with their own past. Every word both separates and links; it depends on the writer whether it becomes wound or balm, curse or promise. It would be simple and comfortable to play with words and win; all it takes is to play the game and practice a bit of self-delusion.

But for my generation, playing games is not an option. We need to bear witness, we need to hope, with Rabbi Nahman of Bratslav, that with a measure of luck, some of our testimonies will safeguard the essence of our prayer.

Ultimately the Jewish boy from my little Jewish town was wrong: writing is anything but easy.

–Elie Wiesel

from the New York Times’ Writers on Writing.