Don’t Read My Writing Journal!
Journals are written in variant forms and also serve different purposes. Public journals, academic journals, business journals, scientific journals, magazine journals and writing journals, to list a few. The list is long.
What is a Journal Writing Exactly?
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.
Uses and benefits of A Writing Journal
Journal writing in its variety of forms is used in various ways. It all depends on what you want to use your journal for. Writers should consider the benefits in terms of enhancing their writing and continuous improvement.
If writing is your career, your Writing Journal can be your biggest helper. It will boost your blogging career in a spectacular way. 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 gone. They go through dry patches and become jaded. Writing becomes harder.
When writers’ block strikes, one of the most effective remedies is to browse through your writing journal which can be a lifesaver in moments like this especially if you have been in the habit of writing things down. You never know, when you go through some of the things you have written in your writing journal, it might trigger some ideas.
Journaling is a means of recording personal experiences and insights which 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. It is a detailed record of information about everything. I treat my writing journal as a diary to cover my daily activities. I record most things in my Writing Journal starting with my feelings about a particular situation in my social life to my thoughts on a current event in the political world.
My writing journal has become a reliable source of information. I can always go back to my writing diary at any time and retrieve relevant information to use it for writing an assignment, be it blogging or writing an event report.
What Have I Used My Journal For?
Most people would cringe at the thought of losing their diary because it will be full of confidential information. When it comes to shopping, my writing journal has become a reliable consultant. I have recorded lists of groceries including the marked prices in shops. So, each time I go shopping, I am not welcomed by surprises because I know what to expect. I can safely say my writing journal helps me on the budgeting side of my life and has reaped some incredible results.
You may not find a journal useful to you at the moment but writing things down has a lot of benefits. Have you heard about the health benefits associated with regular writing? 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 of a writing journal beside keeping your creative juices flowing.
Let’s strictly remain on the writing side. I use my writing journal to record my travels and also for covering some family events that I want to record down memory lane and pass on to future generations. I have used my writing journal to record my international trips. 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 Cheap Ticket flight. In this article, I share my ordeal 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, just to inform travellers out there to be on the alert. If I didn’t have the notes at hand that was written in my journal, I wouldn’t have written my article with accuracy and a certain level of detail as I did.
In the article, Shopping in Harare: my intention was to inform people about the situation on the ground in Harare. I had young people in mind who are living abroad after migrating to live elsewhere, who had no clue what the shopping experience felt like.
I have used my writing journal to track my progress after I enrolled in 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 a writing journal can bring because of not being able to record things whenever they arise. Things of various scope and nature so that we have a collection of ideas in the end. A collection of ideas is particularly useful for coaching purposes where you can draw information that will 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 people fail to record ideas whenever they get them. You never know it can be a million dollar idea that you miss. We have a tendency of forgetting to record at times.
(3) Some people only write things down in their writing journals the moment they are at home. What they seem to forget is ideas that will 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, write as much as possible whenever you feel like doing it. When you do your best, when 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 variant forms of journals we have, they serve more or less the same purpose of keeping a record. They are supposed to be written at a specific time and date. Depending on what 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 have a structured day.
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