“I love to journal. I’m not always as consistent as I would like to be, but I feel a great sense of relief after I write an entry. For me it serves as a free writing exercise, but sometimes it really lightens my load.

The words are out of my head and on the paper (that can be a good or bad thing.) I would advise women who begin to journal to keep the process to themselves. It’s for you. Once you get comfortable with what you journal, then maybe you might want to share, but in the beginning I think it’s important to establish why you want or need to do it. Do you have a memoir you plan to write? If so the 5ws (what, when, where, why, and who) become important. While I think journaling is a good tool for memoir writers, I also believe it can serve an individual on multiple levels. To discover the beauty of the writing, get yourself a pen and paper and let your mind be your blueprint, then tuck it away in a safe place for your eyes only.”

Aaliyah Miller
Writer and Graduate Student, who blogs at www.aaliyah-miller.blogspot.com

“I do a few things to keep up with my journaling practice. First, I put a spiral notebook in my laptop bag while traveling. Powering on the computer and shutting it down takes time, and sometimes I only have 10-15 minutes to kill. A notebook is quick, simple, and easier to use outside on bright days. Second, when I’m not sure what to write, I usually free write for a full page. By the time I reach the bottom, I’ve found at least one thing that I’d like to explore more. Finally while traveling, I journal about the places and experiences that I want to share with family and friends. So much happens during trips that it’s hard to remember everything, and the written reminders come in handy.”

Colleen Wright
Writer and Blogger at www.awritingcareer.blogspot.com

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