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Hi, I just bought my first paper journal in years. It's a simple composition book. Now that I have it, I don't know what to write about.  I am looking for suggestions. 

What do you write about?
Is it the same as what you write about in your DW journal?
Do you write daily, weekly, or whenever the mood strikes you?
Do you draw in it, paste pictures, just write in it, or something else not listed? (Please write what the not listed is)
Any other advice about paper journaling?

Thank you for your time.

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Date: 2013-03-07 10:20 pm (UTC)
omnipotent: (City lights)
From: [personal profile] omnipotent
I usually write more about my emotions in my paper journal, but sometimes I write about the same topics that I write about in my DW.

I used to write daily or at least every other day, but time constraints currently limit me to only writing whenever I feel I "need" to. I hope this changes soon.

I buy stickers from the scrapbooking sections of stores like Michael's and Hobby Lobby and usually put them on the pages. It's a little juvenile, I know, but I think it's fun.

Part of the fun of journaling (for me) is the writing instrument used. I am a huge fan of fountain pens and gel pens, and I love the way the ink flows from a quality pen.

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Date: 2013-03-07 10:49 pm (UTC)
roadnotes: me in tnh's garden 31 Oct 09 (Default)
From: [personal profile] roadnotes
I do much the same. Sometimes my paper soul's entries become more public, but they will always have the more raw emotions, and the details that I am not inclined to share with others. Stickers, rubber stamps, doodles, newspaper clippings and online articles and photos printed out and pasted into the pages... whatever crosses my mind. And I'm also a fountain pen fan, so I experiment with inks and nibs in the pages.

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Date: 2013-03-07 11:00 pm (UTC)
lyktemenn: (DMC| Dante blood)
From: [personal profile] lyktemenn
I got inspired by this artofmanliness.com post to start keeping a daily journal back in August last year. It's become part of my routine before I go to bed at night, as a means to dump things that are zooming around my skull before attempting to sleep.... and also to get my life back on track. So analysing where I am and where I'm going, figuring out my goals and motivation, victories and setbacks, plotting world dominance;) It's been pretty damn helpful.

While I like more expensive journals the pen only needs to be black and flow easily across the page. I don't add anything fancy to it, just write. If I've come up with something useful I'll add a sticky note bookmark to easily get back to it. Also if I've stopped halfway through a page one day I just skip a couple of lines and continue writing there the following. Also I have an agenda where I mark down a d for every day I've written in my journal, to keep an eye on myself;)

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Date: 2013-03-08 03:03 am (UTC)
butterflydreaming: A pink fountain pen, a tea cup, and a bottle of sake (Pink)
From: [personal profile] butterflydreaming
I write as the mood strikes me, which is often every day, usually a few minutes in the morning to clear my head. I write about my dreams, how i slept, complaints about whatever, hopes for the day. In general, I write to myself, who knows all about me and can be trusted with any secret big or small. I use journaling to vent my frustrations, because I think friends get tired of hearing the same complaints about my relationship or my work. I write about stuff that can't be talked about. I also write about writing (I'm a fiction writer) and yammer on and on about ideas and possibilities, or what is inspiring me, word count, and other things that really aren't of great interest to other people. Sometimes there is overlap with my DW, but when that happens, the DW post is the censored/abridged version.

Writing in my journal is total indulgence. I pick journals with paper that I like, a page size comfortable to the size of my thoughts, that sort of thing. I choose a fountain pen (and ink color) from my assortment, or use ball point, gel pen, or pencil, depending on my mood. I don't like lined paper, so if I want to I can draw, too, but I typically don't. I have dozen notebooks for more specific uses like drawing designs or creating poetry or plotting out a story.

When I have used plain Mead notebooks (college ruled), I adorn them with stickers. I'm a sticker junkie. I like all those free ones that businesses give out as well as cute Stickopotamus stickers. The journal is an extension of me at that point in my life, so it is very, very customized.

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Date: 2013-03-08 04:48 pm (UTC)
ariestess: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ariestess
I restarted a paper journal last September. I'm not terribly good at putting anything of substance in it, but I put in a few things every day: moon info [phase, % of lunar illumination, days till full/new moon], a daily rune, sometimes a word of the day, some health info that I track, etc]. When I do journal, it's usually something that I don't put in my online/public journals, or it's a first draft of something that later goes public.

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Date: 2013-03-14 05:30 pm (UTC)
ariestess: (Default)
From: [personal profile] ariestess
There are other things I'm considering adding in with my daily tracker stuff, but haven't made any final decisions yet.

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