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International Fake Journal Month Begins Today

April 1, 2012

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Above: Some fantasy people. A soft 2B test taking pencil (with a rectangular lead) and light washes of gouache that were left over on my palette. (8 x 8 inch, approx., handmade journal with TH Saunders Waterford High White 90 lb. Hot Press watercolor paper.)

No, the above sketches are not from my 2012 Fake Journal. As I prepare this post to remind people the fun starts today I haven't even decided on the actual journal I'm going to use (I still have three days as of this writing).

But to take a break from all the thinking about my character, my topic, the paper, the media, I picked up a pencil and started fiddling. I didn't so much paint these as dab on paint, swipe it away, dab on more paint. It was fun, relaxing, and I came away with a bunch of ideas for other projects, and maybe an inkling for the fake journal too.

If you are wondering what IFJM (International Fake Journal Month) is I encourage you to check out the link. April is IFJM and so today the fun has started and will run for 30 delicious days. Think about busting out of your regular journal practice and jostling things up. You'll come back with insights and freshness.

Even if you don't participate this year, you can check out what other people are up to at the Official International Fake Journal Blog. As people get going I'll be posting links to their fake journals for 2012 in a list in the right hand colum of that blog. And of course, as the month progresses I'll post my own entries for my 2012 fake journal on that blog.

Life's so short, why live only one?

  1. Reply

    I have a question about the ‘real time’ nature of my fake journal. First, it’s my journal and I get do do what I want (a mantra I keep repeating to myself). And in this case, it’s my character’s journal and she gets to do what she wants BUT…. I have been grappling with not the DATE aspect (April 7th should be written on April 7th) but the DAYTIME aspect. If she journals during break at work, would you expect to journal during that time of the day? Knowing that in the end I will do what works for me, I’d just like your perspective.

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    LizzieBo, I look at it in the following way, real date, real time for a host of reasons. The main reason is that if you put the real time on it (you said you’re OK with the date) then you are less likely to be tired and write down some reference to the evening when your character’s actions are really about the morning when she really would have taken her break?

    So for just keeping things straight it’s easier.

    Second, real time because it’s supposed to be journaling and that’s done in real time as explained in various posts on the other blog.

    But here’s the thing. The author of your journal could also always play catch up at the end of the day and then you could write about all the things that happened that day, say at 9 or 9:30 when she was off duty. If that makes it easier.

    Hope that helps.

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    Yes, it makes sense. I agree completely that it keeps things simpler. However, my life doesn’t correspond to my character’s life in some basic structural senses, which is one of the things I like, but creates a challenge. I’ll see how it plays out. It’s always interesting that when you structure one part of an exercise, there are often very interesting ways to be flexible around it. Thanks.

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