Writing is one of the few art forms that can be practiced by virtually anyone. Whether you’ve taken a class to become a better writer or not, or you just want to write for pleasure or for friends and family, writing can be a cathartic and healing activity, and can be done almost anywhere and at any time.
Many people who are new to the writing process often find a relatively easy and cost-free way to begin, is by starting a journal. Journal writing is also a pretty low-pressure way of introducing yourself to the joys of writing, and the topics on which to write can be endless.
Sometimes the best way to figure out who you are is to get to that place where you don’t have to be anything else.
Journaling provides us with a necessary outlet for our thoughts and feelings. It reminds us to validate and acknowledge them as being important enough to write down and examine. In putting them on paper, we have allowed ourselves to catalog and process them and then to release them, freeing ourselves for more opportunities.
What they think of you is none of your business.
No matter how long you’ve been writing, whether it’s creative writing for your own enjoyment, or if you are a seasoned, professional author with published books on the shelves, one day you’re bound to be stuck for ideas to write about.
Often we accept the way “things are” because “it is what it is”. How can we change in the midst of daily commitments and distractions? Like me, you probably aspire for something deeper and more meaningful.
Working your way through bills, the demands of marriage and family, or managing a business requires focus and enthusiasm. How can you find time for self-improvement when you’re pelted with the problems of keeping the lights “on”, paying the mortgage, and keeping the cars running. This is enough burden to squelch aspiration.
If there is one story my kids love to hear again and again, it is the story of their birth. But they are interested in more than the birth statistics. They want to know how I felt. They want to know how much their new presence in the world meant to me.
The most meaningful baby albums, scrapbooks, and journals go beyond the details of birth weight and time of day to capture the true emotion behind the birth.
Chances are excellent that there is at least one character trait, habit or push-button response that you would love to change, if only you had an easy way to do it.
Maybe one person knows exactly how to push your buttons (and does it often!), and you would like to stop responding the way you always do.
Maybe you notice a bad habit you would like to break
Maybe you want to try on a new role or behavior in your life to change the results you get.
“I write journals and would recommend journal writing to anyone who wishes to pursue a writing career. You learn a lot. You also remember a lot… and memory is important.” — Judy Collins
Several well-known authors recommend that you keep a journal in order to reconnect with yourself and to unload those thoughts which weigh heavily on your mind. Julia Cameron advises in “The Artist’s Way“ that you write something called “Morning Pages”, which are basically stream of consciousness writing done every morning, preferably by hand. She argues that keeping a journal will allow you to access your intuition and will help you to begin to trust your inner knowledge.