Journaling: A Writer’s Work, A Writer’s Life

Dream Journal by Druidchickz
Narrative writing is a skill all students must learn and all writers must master—whether you write memoir, fiction, or non-fiction. Daily journal-writing can be a fun way to build this skill, but anyone who has ever kept a sixth-grade diary knows the learning and development as a writer can be lost if one falls prey to the tedium of day-by-day. In “Journaling Without Tedium,” Ruth O’Neil, writing for this spring, listed some journaling topics any author could mine for future projects. Here they are:
Write down memories from your childhood.
Write about things children say and do.
Write your prayers.
Write down family stories that you have been told by older relatives.

O’Neil includes ideas to help mold your journaling into finished articles and stories, and shares tips for organization. For example, she keeps a separate journal for each kind of journal-writing she does; that way when she wants to go back and find something she remembers writing, there are not so many unrelated entries to scan.

I have found journaling to be a valued method of exploring and learning from experiences, emotions, and ideas. And if you ever go back to read what you’ve written, you can trace the arc that has made you who you are today.

Keep a journal. Play with your words. Dig deep. Describe in detail. You may even find you feel saner and calmer for having done so.

P.S. Check out the other journals I have collected on Pinterest—Search “Deborah Zigenis-Lowery” or “Journals”