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Tips For Keeping A Journal, Express Yourself Through Writing

Updated on November 8, 2015
It's Your Journal-Start Writing
It's Your Journal-Start Writing

Keeping A Journal Is Useful In So Many Ways

Keeping a journal can be a useful way to learn more about yourself, you can routinely record pleasant or unpleasant thoughts and feelings. Sometimes it can be a painful process to write about things that are unpleasant or difficult for you to deal with, but that is exactly when you may want to consider writing in a journal.

Practice writing those uncomfortable feelings down so you can reflect and deal with them in a positive way later on if you choose to do that. Keeping a journal is also a constructive way to keep track of events in your life such as medications you are taking, an illness you may be doing battle with, exercise routines, or just about everything else going on in your life at any given moment.

The Many Tips For Keeping A Journal

  • Write about events and occurrences affecting your life at the moment, focus your thoughts and feelings about what those events mean to you. If it is a magnificent wedding or a bleak funeral, write about how it made you feel. Try not to hold anything back. Acknowledge everything going through your mind. Be brutally honest.

  • Get out as much feeling and emotion as you can. Take advantage of your journal to reconstruct what you feel. It can be purely simple or more deeply complex. The most important thing is that if you feel like venting, it's better to let it out, than it is to keep it in. It is your journal, you are the only one who has to see it. Therefore, being honest will benefit you in the long run.

  • Write for no one but yourself. If you write with the intention of permitting others to read what you write, you may not be as direct as you would like to be. The the point is to be candid about what you are feeling. Expressing yourself truthfully and openly through writing is a way to discovering and understanding your emotions genuinely, learning to grasp problems you have been trying to come to terms with. Often seeing it in writing makes it real and able to clearly work through it.

  • Keep your journal out where it is visible to you, therefore you can write at a moments notice. You don't want to have to dig through a drawer or a shelf to find your journal. You also want to be able to have a relaxing place where you can just write when the impulse represents itself. If it is hidden on a shelf, or tucked away somewhere, by the time you find to it, your thoughts may have evaporated or you don't feel like writing anymore. So keep it where you can see it. Grab it and start writing.

  • Write every day, whether you feel like it or not, try to spend at least 15 minutes writing about your day or simply you have nothing to write about. Some folks from benefit writing at the same time every day. Write as many times a day as you wish. Your writing will improve the more often you write. Make it a daily habit and before you now it, you'll be on your way to your next journal.

  • If you don't know what to write about, write about how your day began, how did you feel when you woke up. What do you have planned for the day? Are there some goals you need to set? Friends you need to call, family you want to write about? Pick a memory about high school, someone you miss, a favorite pet, there is always something to write about. You just have to start with the first letter.

  • Buy a journal or notebook you will enjoy using, perhaps with large or colored pages You want it to be functional, yet serve it's purpose. I find a simple notebook is the easiest to use. Plain and simple. Some people like to draw, or sketch using paints or colored pencils. Others use their journals as a scrapbook. It is whatever brings out your creative artistic self. It is your journal, use it how it will benefit you the most.

  • Experiment writing in different places. Some people like to listen to music playing to get in the mood, some people need complete silence. Others like to have the TV on for background noise. It is up to you, whatever works the best for you. Find the most relaxing place so you can write, write, write!

Start a Journal Just For You

Writing everyday can help keep track of current events
Writing everyday can help keep track of current events
Keep a stack of notebooks and pens to encourage you to write in your journal
Keep a stack of notebooks and pens to encourage you to write in your journal
You can use your computer, there are websites just for journaling
You can use your computer, there are websites just for journaling

Express Yourself!

  • Write about your first love
  • Write about the first time you drove a car
  • Write about how you feel about therapy
  • Write about your favorite animal
  • Write about what you think of gay marriage
  • Write about what makes you sad
  • Write about who you would like to meet dead or alive
  • Write about your first funeral
  • Write about what kind of kid you were at 10 years old
  • Write a description of your first apartment
  • Write about who is better, Blockbuster or Netflix-and why
  • Write about the worst movie you ever saw
  • Write about a poem that you like
  • Write about something from history
  • Write about your experiences in elementary school
  • Write about trying to break a drug habit
  • Write about who you love most

There is always something to write about even if you are having a non writing day. You can start with how you feel. If you woke up happy or in a bad mood. Anything will do. Starting a journal can be easy. You will develop your own style, find your own preferences. In a notebook, or even on the computer. It's all in what you like or don't like. Before you know it, you have a journal full of emotions and feelings. And then you are ready to move onto your next journal.


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    • crazybeanrider profile image

      Boo McCourt 5 years ago from Washington MI

      Thank you :)

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      Chris Neal 5 years ago from Fishers, IN

      Voted up!

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      asifa 5 years ago

      .i don't have idea about this because i didn,t try write

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      Boo McCourt 5 years ago from Washington MI

      Yes that is so true, I keep journals and have MANY, I think I need a special safe deposit box just for my personal journals. They come in handy if you ever decide to write a book.

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      Chloe Davis Smith 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Journaling is so important. It helps you keep track of your life and important memories.

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      thesingernurse 6 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Thank you for sharing. I am happy that a fellow hubber is advocating the wonders of keeping a journal. I have a diary myself. Even though there are times that I don't feel like writing anything, thoughts would pour out the moment I get myself to start. :D In line with this, I would like to share this hub I wrote to you

      Let's make writing a habit! :D

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      Boo McCourt 7 years ago from Washington MI

      Well that is great gwennies, enjoy your next journal. Thank you for the comment, I so appreciate it.

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      gwennies pen 7 years ago

      Great hub! : ) You made me want to start another journal. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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      Boo McCourt 7 years ago from Washington MI

      Thank you Patti Ann for commenting. I know it helps me keep track of my moods as well.

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      Patti Ann 7 years ago from Florida

      Excellent! I have also found it very useful to keep a journal - sometimes writing out my concerns helps me to solve my problems. Rated this hub up!!

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      Boo McCourt 7 years ago from Washington MI

      I keep something like that as well, minus personal thoughts. I have a separate one for thoughts, art, drawing or whatever, I usually have two going on at the same time. So I never forget anything.

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      BennyTheWriter 7 years ago from Northeastern U.S.A.

      Fun, simple tips! I keep a quasi-journal of sorts. It's a notebook in which I write down anything that comes to mind, whether it's an outline for a hub, brainstorming ideas for other writing projects, spontaneous poetry, things I have to do that day, long term goals, snippets of fictional dialogue, comedy sketches, etc. It's definitely been helpful in terms of jumpstarting my creativity.

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      Boo McCourt 7 years ago from Washington MI

      Thanks fucsia, journaling helps me with a lot of things. It forces me to write about things I don't always feel comfortable writing about. And it can be fun as well. It is a great tool! Thanks for the comment:)

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      fucsia 7 years ago

      Wow!! This is really a great idea! I write a daily diary, but this is something different! I believe that it can also give many good ideas to write many good hub! thanks