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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Five Reasons For Keeping a Journal

I used to be an avid journal writer and recommend it for anyone wanting to jot down information about important events or for those suffering through tough times. Journal writing is very cathartic and soothing. If you’re looking for directions, answers and searching for meaning, there’s no better place to start then with the stuff that’s already inside your own heart. It’s writing that doesn’t need research because it comes from within. Here are five good reasons to keep a journal near you at all times.

 The Art of Writing
1      They aren’t teaching penmanship in school anymore. Make it your personal mission to continue the tradition of the written word. If you need to practice cursive writing, then you might want to try this fun practice website where you can type something and then print it: Practice cursive writing
Once you’ve mastered the basics maybe you’ll go on to calligraphy which is still considered the “art of writing” and still used for thank you notes, invitations and announcements. A journal is a wonderful place to practice your calligraphy or cursive writing.

2    A journal is a great way to document dreams. Someday in the future when you reread your dream journal maybe you can understand why those dreams happened in the first place. If you feel your dreams, nightmares or visions are personal, then get a diary with a lock, or find a secret place for storing your journals.

3    Keep a travel journal filled with all your sightseeing and dining experiences. Someday when you need to round out an article or blogpost on Costa Rica or Hawaii, you can use some personal experiences to make the piece meaningful or heartfelt. Readers want to know about the actual places you have visited and what happened when you landed at the crowded airport, what you thought of your hotel and which restaurants were the best. And when you write your memoirs, you’ll be prepared!

4    Words can be shields through the tough times--especially during times of mourning and loss. If you have recently lost a friend or relative then write your feelings down in your journal before posting your pain on Facebook. Get it out. Let the tears stain the pages. Your supportive friends will be there when you’re ready to share your summed up emotions. Write until you understand which direction to go and which path to take. Write until the fog seems to settle and the sunshine peaks through the bleakness. Write to cheer up or to figure things out.

5. Can’t think of anything important to write about in your journal? Then doodle. Draw something or paint on a page. Use colored pencils or felt-tip pens and make yourself laugh. Draw hearts, flowers or the tangible tears you’re feeling. Maybe draw the summer memories at the shore. There’s a reason you want to make an entry in your journal and perhaps words aren’t enough right now. Use what you can to make a statement. Draw around your fingers and date the page. Copy a recipe onto the facing page or jot down what you’d like to watch on television. Have a conversation with yourself or God. Create a poem or a prayer. Ask and you shall receive. 


  1. Aside from my signature, I haven't done much cursive writing in a long while. I mostly use printing instead.

  2. I have tried to travel more in the coming year and have yet to take my first trip in 2016. This is not good! I want to write about my travels, but I can't very well do it if I won't get off my bum. School will be over after this Summer, so maybe I will make up for it in the 2nd half.

  3. I was never any good at keeping a journal. Besides, one of my editors once said she advised all of her authors to keep one--except me, because it would probably be too incriminating!

  4. I used try to keep a journal but. . . I never keep it up and what I wrote was more sad that good.
    When I travel I kept journals but they all burned in the wildfire.
    I still keep books but less drawing more "stuff" I find, tickets, labels or candy wrappers.
    Then I have journal that O keep ideas in. I rip or cut things out of papers, magazines glue them down so I can look at them when I need some new ideas.
    So I journal sort of.

    cheers, parsnip

  5. Some lovely ideas here Eve, I really do think I will begin a journal. I may not write very much in it, but I like the idea of drawing around my fingers or doing some sketching. I don’t really do anything creative these days other than write a few words for my blog, but this could be the start of something new.