What to write in a journal

“I kept long journals from the ages ten to twenty-two, chronicling events and describing emotional states, but again and again missing the physical immediacy of experience, the tiny hooks by which experience could have been caught and held.

I failed to record how we looked, what we saw, and the minor eccentricities of circumstance which gave a special character to a day.

I ignored these elements not only through lack of training but through misplaced priorities: I mistakenly assumed that one could discuss the heart of things without discussing the immediate details of life.” Robert Grudin

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