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5 Top Tips For Writing A Better Journal

Updated on May 25, 2013

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5 Top Tips for Writing a Better Journal


Writing a journal can be a daunting thing for many people. I certainly know that it was for me. Here are a few tips that I have found to make journal writing more interesting and effective.


Tip 1: Be honest: A journal is the place to really self reflect and put down everything that may be on your mind. Recording an event of the day or saying what you really think, can often bring up unpleasant feelings but they are unpleasant for a reason. A journal is part record, part growth process, and part therapy and being honest is the key to making real changes in your life. It's usually just for your eyes only so let it all hang out.


Tip 2: Ask and Answer Questions: This is one that has really skyrocketed the quality of my journals. It usually takes the form of something that I want answered in my life and then I just write possible answers. Example questions might be based on an event that happened to me that day like an argument, general life questions like "why am I not where I want to be in my life right now?" or they may involve working out how to make something better like "How can I make my writing better?"


Tip 3: Do it Everyday. No Exceptions: There is no getting around it. For a journal to be a beneficial aspect of your life, you have to put the time in. Set some time aside everyday to write. For me it's done at the end of the day when I can really reflect and if there is something on my mind, I will add to it throughout the day.


Tip 4: Let it flow: There is a tendency for people to censor themselves when writing, which has certainly been true of myself in the past. Letting your writing run will cut down any censorship you may want to indulge in. It can also bring out surprising aspects of the experience that come out unconsciously. These can be found like hidden treasures when reading back through your journal and produce fresh insights.


Tip 5: Take it with You: You can never know when an insight may strike or an event may trigger some thoughts or feelings that could do with some reflection. Having your journal on hand can lead to recording important snippets of your life which may serve you in future.


Following these tips have made my journal writing a much more personal and rewarding experience for me. I hope that if you implement just some of these tips yourself, you will enjoy journal writing a lot more.


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      andrewprice 4 years ago from South Korea

      Hello CyberShelley. Thank you for the great comment.

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      What lovely ideas and advice. Thank you.