Personal Journaling

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Journaling About Pleasant Memories

Journaling can be serious business but it can also be fun and rewarding. When we think of good memories we get a warm and fuzzy feeling inside. Our journals provide us with a way to relive the pleasure of these memories. We can reminiscence about the good old days and write down these recollections.

Apart from manipulating these recollections for our maximum gratification, mental recollections can be beneficial for practical purposes. It may be necessary to get relevant information from our memories that can help us to explain present day events. Or the recollections may be useful in helping us to come to terms with something that happened in the past so that we can move forward in the present. Even happy memories can hold very profound truths.

Pleasant memories lay in all the corners of our minds just waiting to tumble out. If we allow them to, we can experience all sorts of happiness and the beauty of a journal is that the memories can be relived over and over again. Not only are we reliving the memories as we write them down but we can relive them by rereading what we have written.

At times when we don’t feel on top of the world, we have memories to draw on and make us feel better.

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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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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http://authors.aalbc.com/sheryl.htm

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