A place to explore ideas and save them for later. A verbal and visual vocabulary. A place to get past first solutions. A place to see the detail past what is predictable.
In The Artist's Way (New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher, 1992), Julia Cameron suggests writing three "morning pages" every single day! While you don't have to do something quite this structured, knowing that you can use a journal to get rid of the extraneous details of life can be a very freeing experience. Try it, and you'll see what we mean. You can also draw those three pages or try for a mixture of the two.
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