Personal Journaling

Write Your Thoughts

Journals as Writing Tools

Writers write and the more we do it the better we become at it. It’s like they say practice makes perfect. When we write in our journals we may not be doing our official writing but the act of writing constantly can sharpen our minds and our thought processes. So when we come to the writing that we do for publishing, we will have unconsciously honed our skills a little.

We can also consciously use our journals to develop our skills as writers. We can try out different writing methods and see which one is best for us. This is where we can try a writing technique that is not usually our style. Who knows, we may find something that could possibly enhance our writing and make our stories that more exciting and meaningful. The great thing about our journals is that we can try these things with ourselves before we allow anyone to see our finished products.

Our journals may also have great story ideas in them and so we can use our own past experiences as research. Think of all the places we have been, our thoughts and impressions on events close to us and far from us, stories told to us by strangers and family members and just the events of our everyday lives. We have some of this written down in our journals and this record can be used as fodder for interesting stories. Rereading our journals can take us back to a particular memory and all the feelings that surround that memory and make for powerful fiction or nonfiction.

Let us look at our journals as more than just static records and see them as tools to sharpen our skills and as a library where research can be done.

Remember there is nothing like words in black and white to help you see where you are and where you are going.

Sheryl A. Keen
Author “Journal According to John.”

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Journaling About Poems, Quotes and Songs

“I bid him look into the lives of men as though into a mirror, and from others to take an example for himself.”
Publius Terentius Afer

Our journals are usually about us and the world around us. We write down our own words to describe and sometimes analyze what’s going on in our lives. But our journals do not always have to contain only our words. There are poems, quotes and songs that are special to us in some ways.

We can write down these poems, quotes and songs in our journals and analyze their value to us and why they make us feel the way they do. Perhaps they are inspirational or motivational; perhaps they speak to us about facing our fears; perhaps they spur us on to find inner strength and perhaps they speak to us about going after our dreams. Whatever the reason, they speak to our inner selves.

It’s possible that something that we are trying to say is worded and captured better by someone else. It’s also possible that there are times when we need a constant source of motivation. When we write down something that is powerful and valuable to us, we can go to it repeatedly for a motivational boost. Thus, other people’s words are helpful to us because they are meaningful to us.

In addition to all this, somebody else’s words may give us a different view on a challenge that we are facing. This alternative way of thinking may be just the thing we are looking for or the very thing we need. Other people’s words have much to teach us about our own lives but also about other ways that we could be living our lives.

Remember there is nothing like words in black and white to help you see where you are and where you are going.

Sheryl A. Keen
Author “Journal According to John.”

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