I finished my second journal yesterday. Some people call it a diary, I call mine a journal. I used diaries as a kid, but my entries were years apart. In college I’ve made more of an effort to write about my daily life if not every day, then every few days. The act of writing it down helps my mind release the moments I’ve experienced and look at them. Then I can use them for a story idea I already have (which happened last week–I wrote “To my perfect wife” on a cake and the idea of a wife writing “To my perfect husband” just makes sense for this short story I’m working on. Maybe I’ll finish it tonight.) Or I could forget those moments.
Do you use a diary or journal? What do you prefer to call it? Does it help your writing?