"Every period of human development has had its own particular type of human conflict---its own variety of problem that, apparently, could be settled only by force. And each time, frustratingly enough, force never really settled the problem. Instead, it persisted through a series of conflicts, then vanished of itself---what's the expression---ah, yes, 'not with a bang, but a whimper,' as the economic and social environment changed. And then, new problems, and a new series of wars."
~Isaac Asimov (I, Robot)
"Having the phone taken out was our one pitiful act of defiance that year. It was quitting before the Credit Department fired us. Tabby juggled the bills with the competent but scary expertise of a circus clown juggling tennis rackets; the transmission on our senile 1965 Buick Special began to whine, then to groan, then to clug and hitch...To top off everything, I was in the middle of a dry spell."
~Stephen King, Secret Windows
People start personal journals for many reasons, and they're very worthwhile in helping you focus your thoughts and goals in life. In this article, I'll share some ideas and tips in starting a personal journal.
This is going to vary from person to person, but I try to be reasonable when it comes to picking out writing materials for journals.
When your life is already busy, the idea of trying to add a novel project to the mix can sound crazy--if not impossible. I won't lie to you and say that it's easy, but I will say that it's worthwhile if creating a book or series of books is your dream. Here are some tips that I've found helpful: