"It is not a bad idea to get in the habit of writing down one's thoughts. It saves one having to bother anyone else with them." -Isabel Colegate
In The Importance of Being Earnest, the concept of journaling is of extreme importance to Gwendolyn and Cecily. Growing up, it was to me also. In some ways it still is, though with the fast-paced world of "do, do, do" it is almost as if the simple things we once loved have become a chore: Journaling, free reading, lying in the sun, etc. And even when we do journal, it's in the form of Facebook, Twitter, blogs...
I've gotten in the habit in the past quarter of carrying around a reporter's pad and a tape recorder. It's become a security blanket for me in some ways, or maybe that's just me developing into a journalist. That role already takes precedence to some.
I think that's why the written word is so powerful. Because even if you're just typing to empty space, your thoughts are still out there and maybe someone will catch on.
I'm working on something right now. I don't know how far it will actually go, but that's the beauty of spring break: Time to think, time to write, time to breathe.