Graphomania, My Obsession

“Graphomania inevitably takes on epidemic proportions when a society develops to the point of creating three basic conditions:

  1. An elevated level of general well-being, which allows people to devote themselves to useless activities;
  2. A high degree of social atomization and, as a consequence, a general isolation of individuals;
  3. The absence of dramatic social changes in the nation’s internal life. (From this point of view, it seems to me symptomatic that in France, where practically nothing happens, the percentage of writers is twenty-one times higher than in Israel).”

I love the idea of NaNoWriMo, and every year I imagine myself stealing away to my office nook in the early hours of each November morning, steaming cup of coffee in hand, and writing my 1667 words. Why? Because I have the impulse to write.

Of course, I have nothing to write about. No plot that calls to me, no character I need to get to know, no mystery to solve. I have never competed in or completed a NaNoWriMo.

What I do instead, to fulfill my need to write, is journal. I have an unhealthy number of journals, including this fine corner of the internet. I felt the urge to write a list today, so here’s my list of journals.

1. This blog: Who knows what this blog is for? I sure don’t. One day I might give it a real purpose, but for now, it’s just a public place to blurt out thoughts for, like, seven people to read and understand me just a little better. And maybe get some tips on a capsule wardrobe or a reading list or something.

2. My journal: I do have an honest-to-God, pen and paper, keep out, for my eyes only, Dear Diary (his name is Jeffrey) Journal. He knows my deepest darkest thoughts.

3. My gratitude journal: That’s right. I have a gratitude journal, and it is my jam. At the end of the day, I write 3 things I’m grateful for, and I go to sleep with a gatdamn smile on my face because my life isn’t all that bad, and I took the time to remember it.

4. My book journal: Back in the day, this blog kind of served as my book journal, but I’m very self-conscious of how I write my book reviews, so I’ve taken them offline. My book journal has a list of books I’ve read or Did Not Finish (DNF), brief snippets of my thoughts on books, my To Be Read (TBR) list.

5. My morning pages: This one’s new, and I’m loving it. In the morning, I literally pour a cup of coffee, go up to my office nook, and hand write three pages of whatever is on my mind. It clears the morning fog and helps set my intention for the day. It also helps me jot down any cool dreams I had that might make a good story.

Why am I sharing this? No reason. I just felt like writing.

2 thoughts on “Graphomania, My Obsession

    1. Well, I’m still very early into that project but so far, yes. I’m finding my different avenues of journaling help me clear out the clutter to get to the work of being happy. That sounds silly. But it’s kind of true

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