When it comes to writing, your writing journal can be one of the most important tools you have at your disposal. The writing journal can help you to clear your head, create new ideas, brainstorm existing ideas and much more.
There are many ways that you can use your journal. For example, you might write ideas or draw doodles. The simplest of drawings or designs could help you to create article ideas or to develop thoughts and ideas for your new novel. The type of writing you do does not matter as much when talking about using your writing journal for inspiration.
Your writing journal is your personal connection to the muse. It is your opportunity to see to it that your writing shows the best of your ability and what you really have to offer. It’s an opportunity to step forward as a writer and really show the world what you are made of.
If you’ve had problems with a writing journal in the past, here are some possible reasons:
1. Not allowing yourself proper time to write freely. Sometimes pressures of life and work responsibilities can get in the way of your time to use your writing journal freely.
2. Being afraid to “mess it up”. Sometimes as writers, we buy cute little notebooks that we are afraid to write in. You may feel like your special book needs only special things written in it. You should not feel limited in what you do with your writing journal. You should feel free to doodle, draw and write however you choose without limitations.
3. You try to put rules or regulations on what you write or how. Many writers think the journal must serve a purpose or it is a waste of time. Therefore, they put rules and regulations on what should be written and when. This blocks the free creative thinking process and hinders you from natural thought and expression. You may just end up staring at an empty page wondering why in the world journaling was supposed to help you in the first place.
If any of the above problems sound like you, then the problem lies not with your writing journal but instead in how you are using it. This is one of the most important tools you will ever have as a writer. Be sure to use it to its fullest advantage. Don’t be afraid to write, draw, doodle, sketch, jot or otherwise color the pages of your writing journal. This is where the thoughts that reside inside your imagination first begin to take a physical shape. Let them free!
About the Author: Lisa Mason
Lisa Mason is a freelance writer with a specialty in Internet content and SEO articles and the author of How to Earn a Living Writing for the Internet. She has written thousands of articles, hundreds of ebooks and thousands of website pages and related content in her 10+ years as a professional writer.