Journaling is the foundation of all writing. Your journal is another tool, like your pen or computer. Think of it as a place to store your raw materials.
- Journal each day, write quickly and freely, don’t think, just write. I call this freestyle writing. Sitting in silence, with either your eyes open or closed, let the images, feelings, and sounds of the day, wander into your mind. Just let them come to you, and notice what you notice. Let your unconscious mind work.
- Keep it all, even if it seems disjointed and doesn’t flow, even if you feel embarrassed when you read it back. Keep it, it will be useful and insightful
- Keep a notebook. It’s a great idea to keep a little notebook in your bag/briefcase or upon your person somewhere, as you go about your day-to-day activities and as you spot something you want to remember, just make a few notes, you can refer back to your notebook when you come to write in your journal and on into your book.
What is journaling?
A journal is a written record of your thoughts, feelings, experiences, and observations. You can write in your journal daily, or only when you feel the urge. It is a brilliant tool for writers as it gives you a chance to write, reflect and gain clarity.
Journaling is then the act of keeping, writing, reflecting and making sense of things through the act of keeping a journal.
Benefits of journaling
- Because your journal is private you can:-
- Express your feelings and thoughts in an uninhibited way
- Clarify goals, before acting
- Release unhelpful thoughts and learn to let go – good for writers block
- Gain a sense of perspective and control
- Store and analyse your dreams
- Catalyst for creativity
You will start to:-
- Understand who you are, what you want and how to get it
- Find new ways to tackle old behaviours, issues or problems
- Unwind and relax
- Communicate better
- Create positive intentions and affirmations
- Discover a pathway through challenges (plots, characters, flow)
- Find creative solutions to problems and challenges
Let me ask you:-
- Do you feel stuck with your writing and unable to move on?
- Have you tried every book and course available, but still feel no further forward?
- Have you ever wanted to write your life story or memoir, but stopped, staring blankly at the page in front of you. Full of doubts you put your pen away.
- When you do write, do you fill up with emotion and can’t move on?
- What if you could take the bold step of exploring your book ?
- Would you be tempted?
- What if you could get your story out and heal your wounds, be in control and confident. Would you want to take that step?
I won’t lie; none of my writing has been easy,I have cried and cried as I have journaled. Equally I have screamed with hysterical laughter when I have read my creative life stories and plotted the demise of others who I felt had hurt me.
Journaling has been a life saver when it comes to ideas and moving the stuck stuff. Have a go all it costs is the price of a pen and journal.