How many of you journal?
How many of you reread your journals?
If you reread your journals, do you read them as an author or as a reader?
I guess I’m trying to ask, how do you look at your own work? Are you critiquing yourself? Or are you wondering how you could write something so stupid? Or are you wondering how you could have written something so brilliant?
I never reread my journals. The closest I come is by having those “Five Year Question A Day” journals, and I look back at my answers to the prior years- I just started a new one this year, so I have nothing to look back on at the present, and to be fair, I rarely notice any real epiphanies when looking over my answers. Mostly these books bring back memories, both good and bad.
But I know I revisit my past as the author of those moments, those thoughts, those feelings…I am very attached to my moments and I own them.
But what if I looked at my transcriptions of years past as a reader? Would I look at them differently?
What is the difference between looking at things as an author and as a reader?
Are readers able to take a detached air? Are authors as readers too involved in the story?
Am I making something out of nothing and do people read things that exact same way, neither as a reader nor a writer but just as an individual?
How do you read your own writing?