Why Journal

Benefits of journaling:

  • Get your worries, problems, nagging negativity out of your head and onto paper. Externalize the negativity.
  • Your journal can be your friend, your confidante.
  • Your journal can be your outlet for emotions that you can’t express with anyone else.
  • Your journal doesn’t talk back, it doesn’t judge you: say what you will.
  • Experiment with different types of expression, illustrations, poems, stories, clippings of articles you liked, quotations, pin stars and movie ticket stubs, whatever. Get fancy—don’t get fancy. You decide.
  • Use your imagination. Write as much or as little as you want. Don’t make it a chore.
  • Use your powers of observation. Describe things as they are or how you would like them to be. Again, write as much or as little as you wish. One day you can read back your journaling and find stuff there that you can use in your poetry or novel. Or start a blog…
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