Three famous writers on why they keep a journal

Need some more inspiration? Here are what three famous writers have to say about keeping a journal.

Never forget that writing is as close as we get to keeping a hold on the thousand and one things — childhood, certainties, cities, doubts, dreams, instants, phrases, parents, loves — that go on slipping, like sand, through our fingers.

— Salman Rushdie, Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism 1981-1991

I am anxious, and it soothes me to express myself here. It is like whispering to one’s self and listening at the same time.

— Bram Stoker, Dracula

But our notebooks give us away, for however dutifully we record what we see around us, the common denominator of all we see is always, transparently, shamelessly, the implacable ‘I.’

— Joan Didion, “On Keeping a Notebook,” Slouching Toward Bethlehem

What is your favorite quote about journal writing?

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SE is a 30-something blogger based in Pennsylvania. Her very first loves were reading and writing. NerdyWordy is her way of sharing her enthusiasm with others.

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