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Are you an avid journaler? If not, here are five reasons why you should keep a journal:

 

  1. Journaling helps you document not only the general events of your life, but the mundane routines of today, which may be easily forgotten or missed tomorrow.
  1. A journal is a safe and secure place for you to vent and sort through your emotions and ideas. Talking to friends and family is great, but sometimes it is best to run your words through the test of pen-and-paper first.
  1. The practice of journaling helps you get to know yourself. In the same way that reading about a character in a book helps you to understand him or her, writing about yourself and the people around you will encourage deeper insight.
  1. Although a journal is a private place for your thoughts, it creates a timeline of your life that has the potential to be shared with others, whether directly or indirectly.
  1. You make up the rules. While some writers have found that it can interfere with their professional writing, you can devote as much, or as little, time as you want to the routine. Additionally, there are many ways to bring technique and style into the practice of journaling, which will strengthen your voice and tone as a writer in both your leisure and professional writing.

Writing in a journal reminds you of your goals and of your learning in life. It offers a place where you can hold a deliberate, thoughtful conversation with yourself.

- Robin S. Sharma

 

If you keep already keep a journal, here’s a challenge to add to your writing routine: while recording the broad happenings of your day, try focusing on the details. After all, a story without details means nothing. Let the details of your life become the source of inspiration for your fiction or creative nonfiction. (link to “Using Real Life To Be Relatable)

“Journal writing is a voyage to the interior.”

Christina Baldwin

 

“These handwritten words in the pages of my journal confirm that from an early age I have experienced each encounter in my life twice: once in the world, and once again on the page.”

Terry Tempest Williams, When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice

 

“Writing is the only way I have to explain my own life to myself.”

Pat Conroy, My Reading Life

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