I’ve kept a journal ever since I can remember. I even think my first journal has entries that I had my mom write for me. I haven’t always been as diligent with it as I am now (sometimes letting months go by!), but I can’t remember not having one.
My journals mean so much to me. I love to flip through their pages and bring memories of old back to life. It helps me remember important events in my life and how they made me think and feel. It also helps me make sense of my emotions and things that happen to me. My journals are also a great treasure and record for my posterity.
Journal Writing is important for me personally, but it is also important for me as a writer.
3 Reasons Why Journal Writing Is Important for Every Writer
1. Journal Writing is a Good Way to Write Daily
Ideally, I would write in my journal every day. I used to. I keep telling myself I’ll start writing daily again. Tomorrow. 😉 However, when I was writing daily it allowed me to remember more and not have to pick and choose what to write about like I do now. And the sooner I wrote about an event the more accurately I would describe what happened and how I felt.
Currently, I work on my novel Monday through Friday and take the weekend off. I find it refreshing to have a regular break from my novel. It keeps me from overworking myself and helps me feel motivated and ready to go each Monday. But I still think it is valuable to write every day. So on the weekends, I try to make time to write in my journal.
2. Journal Writing Gives You Experiences to Pull From
Journal writing is the best way to remember that I am living life—making memories and experiencing the world I live in. It helps me remember that I do have stories to tell. I survived the drama and chaos of high school. I’ve experienced firsts and lasts. I’ve experienced birth and death. I’ve travelled to Spain and Thailand. I don’t plan on writing a personal memoir, and I am cautious about my writing being too personal. However, I never know when experiences and emotions of my real life will inspire an idea or weave its way into my work in progress. So a record of these events has become an invaluable resource for my writing.
3. Journal Writing Helps You Capture Emotion
Journal Writing is a great way to capture emotion. Most of my journal is a record of events that have occurred in my life, but I also try to express my thoughts and feelings. In my journal I’ve written about fear, sorrow, joy, hope, growth, inspiration, confusion, desperation, patience, etc. Characters in my stories won’t go through the exact experiences I went through that caused these emotions, but they will likely feel the same emotions caused by different experiences. I can use the record of my feelings to accurately portray how my characters would feel.
Why do you write in a journal?