Journaling for Writers
Creating a Safe Space for Your Writing in a Notebook
Right now, I think we’re all struggling to get by as writers. When I poll my writer friends on their current writing life, everyone says that it’s a struggle to get words on paper. So keeping a journal ABOUT your writing might feel counter-intuitive. How can I write about my writing when I’m not getting much writing done?
But one of the reasons I love journaling is that it proves to me I am, indeed, writing on a regular basis, even though it feels like I’m not.
I also consider my journal a profound act of self care: In order to take time to write my thoughts down, I’m taking time for myself. I’m creating a safe place for my words to grow.
“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” — William Wordsworth
Journaling is the act of writing about or chronicling your life. There are a lot of different methods of journaling out there. Some people keep journals of their daily activities — just the facts, jack, including their breakfast and what movie they saw that day. Other people keep a journal of friends they saw or conversations they had. Journaling has been proven to help patients who are sick process the stress their body is under. Writing has been scientifically proven to help people accept their emotions and ease the symptoms of mental illness. It can help you to:
- Manage stress, depression, and other mental health issues
- Process those issues and find closure
- Relax and create routine in your day
- Deal with complex problems
- Track your life to keep a record
- Stay accountable to yourself and others
I don’t journal to ‘be productive.’ I don’t do it to find great ideas or to put down prose I can later publish. The pages aren’t intended for anyone but me. It’s the most cost-effective therapy I’ve ever found. — Tim Ferriss