“When I write, I am trying through the movement of my fingers to reach my head. I’m trying to build a word ladder up to my brain.”
I heard about this book in a writing class I took last summer and then completely forgot it was suggested to me until I stumbled upon it at the library. I’m about halfway in right now and loving every page.
The Folded Clock is Julavits diary. She kept one when she was a young girl and upon discovering them years later, hoping to find proof that she was meant to be a writer all along, instead what she found “revealed me to possess the mind of a paranoid tax auditor.”
Later as a forty-something woman, writer, wife, and mother, she tried again, chronicling her life daily.
I kept a diary religiously throughout middle school and my first few years of high school. I continued throughout the years, not every day but at least a few times a month. I stopped around 25, not having the energy or desire to document my life anymore. I was writing for work and for pleasure and diary keeping fell by the wayside.
I love this book because she isn’t writing about major events that are happening, taking her out of her routine and spinning her life out of control. She is talking about what she said to a friend, why she didn’t interrupt the phone call she was on when a wasp stung her, why we have crushes on people when we find ourselves in small groups with them, her time in therapy.
As I said, I haven’t finished it yet. But I feel that keeping a diary is such an important exercise for writer. It keeps us writing, for one thing, but it also puts us in a state of always coming up with things to write about.
Heidi starts every entry with “Today I.” I’m contemplating doing this for the month of February, just to see what happens, to see what I have to say?
Do you keep a journal or diary?