TEXTUAL EXPLORATIONS: THINKING AND WRITING IN JOURNALS
When I began reading to gain insight into my questions about journal writing, I embarked on an adventure in which there were occasional frustrations as well as unexpected discoveries. In one sense, ali the literature on writing as a mode of thinking was related to my questions about the mental processes involved in journal writing. Yet none of the existing literature adequately explained these processes. As I continued to read, there were times when I felt as if I had set out on a journey without a roadmap. Although it is now possible to conceptualize my emerging under standing in a neat, linear way, there were times when the process was anything but neat as I groped my way along, gaining insight, sometimes from unexpected sources, as my questions about journal writing grew and changed.