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But perhaps that's why I haven't kept one.
As a freelance journalist I've always been involved writing something. Because I spent so many hours interviewing, composing, then editing, there was no time and no energy left to write down my own activities and thoughts. I've kept up calendars of events and have stacks of these little datebooks. I've filled notebooks and sketchbooks while on trips, but these were about the places I visited. Nothing personal was entered. I only wanted material for travel articles and books.
When I read about impressive memoirs like Phylllis Theroux's The Journal Keeper, I wonder if I should have been more diligent about keeping a personal diary. My grandmother didn't write anything about her life for me to see. Neither did my mother. The books I've written are novels, travel/hotel stories, and a how to market your writing book. Nothing even resembles a memoir.
Still I have my paintings and wonder if these might tell a story. Could they be my memoirs? I have no idea how many paintings I have created over the years. Many of my early paintings are of my children. As a visual person, I find these more important to me than my writing. The other day I found some small sketches I had forgotten about making. That was an exciting and amazing find.
Will I regret not keeping a journal? Maybe. Should I start one right now? I don't know.
Perhaps this blog is a journal...
What about you? Have you kept a journal for your memoirs?