Writing is a process. A process of organizing ideas, trying out their fit for a story, and writing, editing, writing, you get my point. I must confess, when I started writing I don’t know where I would be without my writing companion. My companion is square, handy, and always ready to be scribbled on. Yes, I’m talking about my writing journal. If you’re a writer or thinking about becoming one, I wholeheartedly advise you to purchase a journal specifically for your writing. It’s a wise investment that won’t break the bank account. If you’re not sold yet on the idea of having a journal, read on I have 4 reasons why having a writing journal should be your writing companion.
A writing journal functions like your brain. It stores information and keeps it there until you are ready for it. There have been several times when I have come up with a story idea and was thankful to have somewhere to write it down quickly. I know we have advanced technology where we can now write notes in our cell phones, but I must confess, I still like having my writing journal. The main point is to use what works for you. If you’re like me the ideas flow like a river sometimes. The best thing I can do is write them down, so I don’t lose them. I have also used my journal for writing outlines and pieces of writing snippets. Stephen King, in one of his speeches on tips in writing, recommends using a journal. Not sold yet? Keep reading.
Journals come in a variety of sizes. They will fit nicely in your purse, backpack or laptop bag. You can pull them out easily anywhere an idea hits you. If you are old school like me and prefer to write some things down on paper, a writing journal is perfect for you. Never underestimate the convenience of getting something done. Let’s say you made a goal of writing one paragraph per day, but you are stuck at a dentist appointment and know when you get home, it’s just not going to happen. Well, you probably already know what’s next. Yes, you can pull out your journal and write while you wait. How convenient!
Your writing journal can help you recall ideas you wrote some time ago. With all the things that bombard my mind on a given day, I can’t remember every detail of an idea I once had. This is where the handy writing journal comes into play. What I have learned to do in my time of having a journal is to be thorough with my ideas, if I can in the moment I write them down. What I mean is, I don’t just write down the idea, I finish the thought. So, I may write down a synopsis or a beginning, middle, and end. That way I don’t have to rethink those parts and I can see what my train of thought was at that very moment.
Inspirational and Motivational Aid
A writing journal can be a source of inspiration and motivation. To view your creativity, keep a journal and read through it from time to time. Look at all the wonderful ideas you have come up with. I remember a time I looked back in my journal at an idea I wrote down for a story. The journal entry was dated July 22, 2013. I read the title and the summary and thought to myself, “Wow, what a cool story this is going to be.” Moments like this are inspiring and motivate me in moving forward in my writing.
Have you have been convinced in using a writing journal yet? Currently, I am on my third journal and I love looking back sometimes and seeing how much I have grown as a writer. I’m never at a loss for ideas because I have literally written them down. Thanks for reading this blog and don’t be shy about leaving a comment. Until the next time, Keep Writing!