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“We have to renounce the at first glance seductive project of improving such lexical reflection – for example, by filling in the gaps between the partial definitions through the addition of new meanings taken as that which is not stated in the previous definition. Such an effort leads nowhere, other than to an endless rewriting of the dictionary. Philosophy does not advance by a lexical improvement dedicated to the description of ordinary language as it is commonly used. Rather, it proceeds through the emergence of properly philosophical problems that slice through the simple regulating of ordinary language in terms of its use.”

– Paul Ricoeur

“In the hands of someone who imperiously manipulates it, the word points sometimes toward one meaning, sometimes toward another; and without its losing any of its proper value or true character, one sees appear properties one might not have suspected”

– Émile Littré

“…I would say, literature is both a means of amplification and one for analyzing the resources of meaning available in the use of everyday language.”

– Paul Ricoeur

“Old age is this very weariness: then, there is either a fall into mental chaos outside of the plane of composition or a falling-back on ready-made opinions, on cliches that reveal that an artist, no longer able to create new sensations, no longer knowing how to preserve, to contemplate, and contract, no longer has anything to say.”

– Deleuze, What is Philosophy?

I wholeheartedly believe in journaling. I believe it is of crucial importance to anyone pursuing any creative journey. I do understand how some people are intimidated or put off the idea when the traditional method of journaling is considered. You know: “Dear Diary, Today I got up at 7, got dressed, blah, went to work, talked to, blah blah, went here, got home blah blah blah…” Not only is this tedious it is often not fun reading back. In retrospect (especially if one has a critical mind) one feels narcissistic and lame, it seems too childish to actively pursue and get excited about.

When I journal I focus on capturing experience, this is often difficult to accomplish when limited to a certain medium. So I expanded and currently work in over 6 journals. One for quotes, one for daily activities, one for personal study notes, one for prose, an informal visual diary, a pencil sketch journal and another larger A2 visual journal. (And ofcourse this blog adds another dimension to my journaling adventure) I cut, and paste, and scrapbook, and sketch, and write, and collect all together in order to fulfil my journaling needs.

Journaling has many purposes for me, one of which is critical development. I have the opportunity to archive; study and synthesize different aspects of my creative journey. Not all my journals run chronologically from the front page to the back. I often just sketch or paste whatever wherever I think it looks good. A benefit of this technique is it enables non-linear thinking. I even collect and paste doodles I sketch during the day that I could rework or use, and often do.

I also use my journals for more practical purposes such as prioritising projects or tasks, whether long-term or day-to-day. Coming up with and developing strong concepts are easier when one can recognize progress in one’s storyboarding or brainstorming. I also often take notes while reading or while watching documentaries, these build into an interesting tapestry of ideas and observations. This is especially useful when I’m busy with papers, since the topic is always on my mind and I manage (to everyone’s annoyance) to always relate it to whatever is happening around me. When I then start writing a first draft I already have a network of ideas to build on.

Another, rather romantic, quality of journaling is its nostalgic powers. When done right, the simple pleasure of reminiscing and paging through an intricate and rich representation of one’s journeys is fulfilling in itself. Not continually lingering in, or lusting after the past, but appreciating and celebrating your unique worldview. Journals are also not limited to retrospective recording, and thanks to a recent trend in spirituality fuelled by books and films such as The Secret, everyone is aware of the benefits of visualization. When recording and actively engaging in representing one’s visualisations the mind maps goals in innovative ways.

These are the benefits I have experienced from my forms of journaling. How I use my notebooks to increase and manage my productivity. I hope that readers will comment about their experiences with journaling and inspire me to expand on my library. (How exciting, book shopping!)

“I’m writing this in the morning now. I’m writing this on the edge of that blade that’s consciousness on one side and dream on another, that thin silver horizon where you hover right before falling asleep, and right before completely waking. Neil Gaiman lives here all the damn time. He scribbles his stories and sends them out from the thin silver horizon whose bridge the rest of us traverse just twice a day.”

-Steve Erickson, in the introduction of The Sandman, Dream Country.

Charles Dickens invented the word boredom.

I read a fellow blogger’s article,Ten Reasons Why Rejection Won’t Kill You, and it meant a lot to me personally. I am very critical of my own work, so it only adds fuel to my own insecurities if someone simply frowns at a picture of mine.

I don’t think it’s wise to be dependent on anyone else’s approval, but it sure is motivational when someone LOVES your work. I feel great disappointment in my own ideas if other people disapprove of them. Of course I know it’s silly to feel that way, but it’s a sneaky and tricky emotion to control.

The blog article I’m sharing explains so well that your identity and your work are separate, whether you write, design or sculpt. And when you do have to face rejection it is not the end of the world, it’s not even the end of your career and more importantly it’s not an account of your actual personal worth.

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