It’s a familiar story. You sit down to write a blog post and nothing comes. You have no ideas. The proverbial well is dry. You’ve been trying to blog for ages, but somehow you just can’t seem to find your written voice. Your blog posts lack authenticity.
It’s no coincidence that the best writers journal. Journaling has long been acknowledged as an essential part of a writer’s toolkit for several reasons:
Journaling stimulates ideas
Writing gives you ideas. Journaling gives you a way to record all those random thoughts you have. Some writers even keep a journal by the bed to record all those thoughts that come from dreaming and when you have sudden bursts of inspiration through the night. You could even establish a habit of journaling before you fall asleep and when you get up. The Artists Way author Julia Cameron has people journal first thing to capture that morning inspiration.
Journaling helps you develop your written voice
Journaling helps you develop your written voice. Because you are writing consistently, you’ll develop your own ways to express yourself and a style all your own. You’ll learn to write in an informal and relaxed way that is the style of blogs and other online marketing materials we use in the online business world. We aren’t taught this type of writing we have to teach ourselves.
Journaling helps you bypass the inner critic
Journaling helps you get out of that habit of editing. When you write your first draft you don’t want to be editing. Editing a first draft stops the ideas from flowing. Allowing yourself to write freely is an important part of the creative process.
Journaling helps with writer’s block
Journaling helps you overcome writer’s block by getting your pen moving on the page. When you journal, you should aim to keep your pen moving even if what your writing is utter drivel and you are just repeating yourself. Journaling gets the ideas flowing again. If you are struggling with a piece of writing, try journaling about it. Even if you just journal about all the reasons why you don’t want to do it, it’s enough to get your thoughts flowing again.
So what do you think? Do you want to develop a journaling habit? How will you get started?
|Carol Brennan is a writer and journaling instuctor. She helps women find their inner strength and words through journaling.
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