Do you journal? Does it seem daunting, useless, or just something writers do?
It doesn’t have to be.
I’m a little late to the party, but Bakari Chavanu created NaJoWriMo at the beginning of this year as a practice to concentrate on journal writing for 4 months of the year. I’ve been an avid journaler since age 11 (when I called it a diary), and back then, I didn’t know that journaling would help me write my first book.
Journaling is for everyone–it doesn’t matter how old you are, what gender you are, or what you do for a living.
There are lots of reasons to journal. It has nothing to do with whether you have the talent to write for a living.
Lots of people who are not professional writers keep a journal, even if they don’t refer to it as such. And there are so many benefits.
- There are answers within you. Journal writing proves to be the most authentic way of finding out what want, what you need, and what you need to learn.
- You can read old entries and celebrate your growth. There is something within you that wants to have another kind of experience that may be missing in your life. You may feel differently about a situation years after it happened. You may have a revelation and think of something you learned from it in hindsight.
- Can look at the entry and say, what do you do now? What do you need to take action on?
- Journaling also promotes a voice of authenticity. You get to know the REAL you.
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