|The definition tells me that I have been keeping diaries for most of my adult life. In them, I rant, rave and sometimes find peace. I use them to keep memories of unusually emotional events, strange happenings and sometimes dreams. I don’t have daily entries but the ones that I have written have an emotional resonance that I can still feel years later.
I also keep travel journals filled with impressions of places I go, people I meet and things I do and see. Originally, they were just notes to go with the pictures I snapped. I have travel journals for every vacation or family visit. There is a mix of experiences in them.
I have used some things from both the diaries and the journals for parts of stories. Most of my story ideas come from pondering some item of conversation, an odd new story and sometimes strange dreams.