What`s interesting to me, and I suspect a similar situation for others,
is how a journal can begin with an idea then evolve. When I began my
own journal, specific to an idea, it was about a book: "Phone Calls
It was intended to develop the idea of about 12 basic and common moral
issues facing teenagers. I just wanted to write out the advice I`d
given my niece that`d worked.
The problem was what to write? So I started the idea journal simply to
come up with ideas. Soon afterward, I began using it for related ideas
and fleshing out ideas. Then, moving farther into the process, I began
to realize I was evolving a whole other concept.
Now, looking back at the journal, I see that it was *because* of
writing it down that the idea evolved. It`s as if I was able to
download to disk the idea in its present form, at any given time. That
cleared my mind to do some more thinking, and for the "boys in the
basement" to haul in new stuff, as Stephen King would say.
I`m convinced that excepting rare individuals, most of us "see" an
idea in what appears to be a complete form, but it`s colored by all
sorts of beliefs and preconceptioins. By writing it down, then living
some life for a bit, our beliefs and biases change, and we see life
differently. Even in only a few weeks.
By going back to read what we first wrote down, with our now-changed
perception of reality, we see nuances and shades of difference to the
original idea. We begin to tinker with it, getting ever-more detailed.
That, of course, builds our intent, our energy, our persistence, and
our vision detail. And that begins to pump energy into the idea.
Ideas evolve, I think, pretty much the way all of life evolves. The
problem is to "notice" that evolution. An idea journal seems to be the
best way to notice, and to track the evolution, should we decide to
actually do something about the idea.