Journals are written in variant forms and serve different purposes. Public journals, academic journals, business journals, scientific journals, magazine journals and writing journals, are a few of journals out there. The list is long.
WHAT IS A JOURNAL WRITING?
Journal writing is the process of recording events on a daily basis or on a regular basis. A journal has several related meanings. It can be a record of events or a business record. A private journal is usually referred to as a diary.
THE BENEFITS OF A WRITING JOURNAL
Journal writing in its variety of forms is used for various purposes. It all depends on what you want to use your journal. As for a writer, a writing journal plays a massive role in making continuous improvements to the writing skills they may have.
A writing journal is the biggest helper for a writer. It gives a boost to their writing careers. It’s not a secret that writers suffer from writers’ block from time to time.
Occasionally, writers may find that their enthusiasm to write has completely vanished and gone through dry patches. They become jaded and writing gets harder.
When writers’ block strikes, one of the most effective remedies comes through browsing writing journals. These can be a lifesaver in moments like this. A useful journal is one where the writer is in the habit of writing things down.
Who knows what might be triggered next time a writer goes through some of the things he would have written down in the journal. In some cases, it can trigger some awesome ideas for the writer to write about.
Journaling is a means of recording personal experiences and insights, a writer will review or reflect on at a later stage. What makes a writing journal so handy is the way in which events are recorded.
To make the most from your journal writing, you should make a detailed record of information about everything.
I have two types of journals for recording personal things (diary) and for my blog writing. My diary covers my daily activities where I record most things starting with my feelings about a particular situation in my social life to my thoughts on a current event in the political world.
I find my writing journal as a reliable source of information. I can always go back to it at any time to retrieve relevant information I may need to use for a particular writing assignment. For example, writing a blog article or writing an event report.
WHAT I HAVE USED MY JOURNAL FOR?
Most people would cringe at the thought of losing their journals because they will be full of confidential information. When it comes to shopping, my writing journal is a reliable consultant. I record lists of products including marked prices. Needless to say, my writing journal helps me on the budgeting side of things.
You may not find a journal useful for you at the moment but writing things down has a lot of benefits. Have you heard about the health benefits associated with writing things on a regular basis? It has been proven that writing things down helps to release stress and works well in improving people’s mental health and general well being.
I can go on and on explaining the numerous benefits associated with a writing journal apart from keeping your creative juices flowing. Looking at a writing journal as a tool, a writer can effectively use a journal to record events, a juicy source of information for blog content.
I use my writing journals for recording my travels (international trips) and to cover some family events just for keeping records’ sake for the memory lane for passing on to future generations.
As a result, this has fueled my blog articles. It has helped me to come up with authentic posts with a unique angle. For example, I used notes from my writing journal to write my posts, Cheap Ticket flight. In this article, I share the ordeal I had with an ‘air ticketing agent’ after realising I had bought a fake flight ticket.
I decided to share my story with the rest of the world to inform others who intend to travel, perhaps to the same destination, to be on the alert. If I didn’t have the notes readily available in my journal, I doubt if I would have managed to write an article with the level of accuracy and the great detail I did.
My article, Shopping in Harare, informs people about the situation on the ground in Harare. I wrote the article while having young people in mind who are living abroad with no clue how a shopping experience in Harare feels like.
Also, I used my writing journal to track my progress after I enrolled for a blogging training course. At first, I was not sure if I had done the right thing so I decided to start recording my progress or lack of it. Looking back through reading my journal, I can’t believe how much progress I have made. My writing journal has now become a source of inspiration because I can see the progress I have made and it encourages me to achieve even more.
As a result, my writing skills have greatly improved since I started writing things in my journal which has also impacted positively on my blogging. I can’t believe I am still the same person I was when I started.
MISTAKES TO AVOID IN MY WRITING JOURNAL
(1) Failure to tap into the full benefits of a writing journal can result from the inability to record things whenever they occur. These have to be things of various scope and nature so that you have a wide collection of ideas in the end.
A collection of ideas is particularly useful for coaching purposes. This will be your source of ideas where you can draw information to teach you how to do certain things. You never know, your writing journal may turn out useful to your kids in later years to come.
( 2) Some writers are too laid back and fail to record ideas whenever they get them. You never know it can be a million dollar idea that you miss. Most people have a tendency of forgetting to record at times.
(3) As for others, they only write things down in their writing journals the time they are at home. What they seem to forget is that ideas that benefit them can come at any time whether at home or not.
So, the best way is to continue to write non-stop even when you are at home or away because ideas that will benefit you can come at any time. Never have the excuse, ” I can’t write it now.” Learn to capture things as and when they come.
( 4) Sometimes we try too hard to record stuff in our diaries when the environment is not conducive. We need to take advantage of moments when we feel like writing. Also, to write as much as possible whenever you feel like doing it. When you do your best the time you are still in that place of inspiration, you achieve more than when you do it from a place of obligation. Don’t make it feel like its a job instead of letting it flow naturally.
( 5) Forgetting to write dates. Say, for example, you have been writing your journal for over a decade, dates become important in remembering what happened today compared to long ago.
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST JOURNALING MISTAKE?
The greatest mistake I made which I will always regret is lending my diary to my cousin. Twenty years ago, I enrolled in a course, Education for Living. I wrote down everything we were taught in my writing journal. My cousin sister, who had just recently got married, begged me to lend her my journal. I did and never got it back. I regret what I did and learned never to part with my journal no matter what.
Regardless of the variant forms of journals we have, they serve more or less the same purposes of keeping records. To make the most of a writing journal, get in the habit of writing things at specific times and dates.
The type of journal you have will determine what gets recorded. Some folks document their lives, while others strictly put their daily tasks and objectives for the day. In some cases, outstanding experiences and journeys are recorded. A handful finds a journal useful in helping them to have a structured day.
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