Writing Tip #6: Keep a Journal

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Brian's Writing Tip #6: Keep a journal.

Keep a journal. Since writers only grow by writing, it makes sense to write at least a little bit every day. A journal is ideal for that. No matter what you’ve heard, a journal or diary can be anything you like. Many people use daily entries to keep a record of what’s going on in their life. Others prefer to record their thoughts and reflections on life’s events. Some use a journal to compose prayers. Some tell stories, craft poems, or develop ideas for future books. The point is, you can do anything you like with a journal. It’s all yours. You can share parts with others or keep it completely private. Whatever you like. A journal gives budding writers a chance to try new ideas, experiment with words, make mistakes, and generally spread their literary wings. If writing every day seems intimidating, set a realistic goal: three entries a week? Two? Even just one. However you do it, journals get writers writing.

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Brian Wasko

Brian WaskoBrian is the founder and president of WriteAtHome.com. One of his passions is to teach young people how to write better.View all posts by Brian Wasko

  1. Karen Clark
    Karen Clark03-27-2014

    I’ve been keeping a journal for years, yet I never tire of reading about how to journal. I often pick up a new idea, or an old one I’ve forgotten about. And I can always use more motivation. Great post.

    • Brian Wasko
      Brian Wasko03-28-2014

      You are not alone. I am off and on with it, personally, but I’ve always found it valuable. Thanks for the nice comment, Karen. 🙂

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