Story and Why
Keeping a journal allows you to read about your thoughts, emotions and life happenings from various times in your life.
Article by Tom Gilbert - © January,
One of the comments I often hear from others who want to write about
their life is that it is hard to keep it up. And they are correct! Life
writing is not easy. But there are simple things we can do on a regular
All productive writers tell us that regular writing sessions are
essential. I best practice this by writing in my journal. I've been
doing this for many years. I've tried different approaches, from
handwriting in notebooks and bound books with lovely blank pages to typing away on the keypad and storing it in computer documents. I
recommend you do whatever works best for you. I find I am more
productive if I can type it on a computer. But the handwriting work can
result in a slower pace and more reflection and you can also spend time
doodling and drawing. Adding artwork to your journals can be a
wonderful. It can inspire you to deeper and richer writing.
For the past four years or so I've used The Journal Software. It works
well for me. It is more than just a journal writing program for my
regular entries. I can also use if for work and school. I discuss more
in detail the benefits of it here. What is perhaps most beneficial for
me using this approach is the ease with which I can review and reflect
on past writing.
All writing should be done with an audience in mind.
My public writing appears in my blogging, websites and teaching. My
journal writing is personal, but there is still an audience - it is me!
That being the case, the "me audience" needs to take time to go back
and read past entries and reflect. This can yield lots of benefits. If
you are working on a memoir, keeping a journal allows you to read about
your thoughts, emotions and life happenings from various times in your
life. Granted, it is mostly the past few years for me, but inevitably
those journal entries contain some reminiscences of earlier life. That
material can be gold for a life story.
It was revealing this afternoon to do a lengthy journal entry and then
go back and read what I wrote near the end of each of the last four
Januarys. I read about my search for a new career following
leaving radio broadcasting, my path to becoming a certified teacher,
the death of my father and the ongoing evolution of this personal
history work. The reflection that comes from that happens not only
today, but in the days ahead. This is good stuff.
Take the time to write. Do it regularly. Set aside a time each day if
possible. Even if you just sit down to journal and can't think of
anything to write about then try expressing that. "Here I am writing
another journal entry. My mind is a blank. I really don't know what to
This might lead to, "But writing that just now helps me
realize that I am thinking about writing and taking the action. And
that's causing my fingers to move across the page (or continue to
type). Okay, that's better than nothing. Why do I struggle with
writing? I know it serves a purpose. And I've been stuck before. The
key is to just do it. Yes, that's the ticket! Action yields results.
And as I write I reflect. There really is much about my life journey
worth remembering and writing about. Hey, this isn't so bad after all."
Do you get the idea?
So take some time to write. Take some time later to go back and read what you wrote and then reflect on it. Save it and savor it. Persevere.
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” - Robert J. Collier (1876-1918).
More articles and information about journal writing:
The Journey of Journaling
The importance of
keeping a journal for personal and spiritual growth.
is truly a great tool. In our journey through life we need to spend
time reflecting on our days and considering the implications of the
events in our lives.
Journal and Your Journey
Even if you have never kept a journal or diary
I’m willing to bet you have had days when you thought a great
deal about events in your life. It’s
a mistaken idea to think you have to be a
gifted writer to keep a journal. Anyone can write short
entries. It is so important to do this. Over time, our recall may fail
us. Memories fade.
The Journal Software Upclose
I really like the award winning The Journal
from DavidRM Software. It is a great way to keep track of the events in your
life, record insights, preserve memories and grow from your life journey