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Monday, May 26, 2008

Writing and the "Why Good Writers Keep Journals" Piece

If you have been in this blog, or if you are currently reading this, more probable than not, you are a blogger. A blogger is someone who maintains a web log, (blog for short) and that means you are WRITING! Yes, whether you like it or not, to blog is to write and the more you write the better your writing goes. Right or wrong? My point here is, journalizing online really helps us. I know my writing in many of my blogs ( I have arounf 13 of them all, past and present) are not perfect, thus, I am still here enhancing my capabilities. Enhancing it does not mean to become the level of Agatha Cristie or Robert Ludlum…or whoever you know, be it John Grisham or Sidney Sheldon. I am not even sure if those names I have mentioned are correct or not. Oh, pity me!
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But writing, if properly learned can do help a lot. I have earned at least a thousand dollars from it and is continue earning. I know most of you experience the same. Those who have pay per post articles, or smorty, bloggerwave and the likes do not do it overnight or in a snap. A little level of writing skills, they have also learned and acquired. And why do I write this? I have come through an article about writing/journalizing and I realized it is better to share it to those who post journals/diaries/logs online. It would be very helpful I am sure (that is, if you have patience reading).

Why Good Writers Keep Journals
by Ruth Folit

Journals have been the secret weapon for writers from Allen Ginsburg to Virginia Woolf to Victor Hugo. Make it your secret weapon, too.

Skilled writers have developed their own voices -- unique ways to express themselves. They have learned to open the windows to their inner workings for insightful perspectives into themselves and the rest of their worlds. How do writers record these everyday flashes of insight and noteworthy musings that might otherwise evaporate into oblivion? A Chinese proverb states, 'The palest ink is stronger than the most miraculous memory.' Or rewritten to reflect our computer era: The palest pixels are stronger than the most miraculous memory.

Where do comedians, novelists and playwrights get the raw material for their writings? From life, of course! Writers know that the anecdotes of the day, conversations overheard, and experiences, feelings and subtleties of a moment may be the seeds of a short story, the building blocks of a script or the spark for a magazine article. Keeping a journal keeps all these important morsels handy and ready to use when the appropriate time appears.

How to get started and keep journal writing going? There are no hard-set rules for keeping a journal. How often you write, how much time you spend and how rigorously you maintain a regular journaling schedule are matters of personal choice and circumstance. While an individual living alone may have hours of solitude and enormous flexibility in terms of time, a parent with small children may have very little of either. So it is of primary importance to find what works for you. The following general guidelines, however, may help you to establish journal writing as a regular and enduring habit. Your Ad Here

1. Allow yourself regular writing times. Find a time of day that works well for you and use this time every day. As much as possible, control interruptions during this time.

2. Provide yourself a peaceful place to work. If you need an uncluttered space, try to clear your work area before sitting down to write.

3. Develop a centering ritual. Associating journaling with another pleasurable habit can help to strengthen the routine and create an atmosphere of self-nurturing. When you are ready to write in your journal, consider pouring yourself a cup of tea or coffee. Play relaxing music. Take a moment for meditation, deep breathing or simply relax and sit quietly for a few minutes. Read a quotation or a passage of poetry. Listen to a guided meditation tape.

Prompt yourself with a routine self-reflection question: If you tend to have trouble starting, prompt yourself with a routine question, such as 'What are you feeling right now?' or 'What's on your mind?'

Author and diarist, Anais Nin, suggests asking 'what feels vivid, warm or near to you at the moment?’ Another way: 'I feel...', 'I need...' and 'I want...' Your Ad Here

5. Write because you want to write, not because you have to. Don't allow journaling to become an obligation or chore. Remember not to demand more of yourself than you can give. If you have missed a day, or several days, accept that journaling, like life, is imperfect and go on. Write the next time you have a chance.

6. Create a positive feedback loop. As you continue to use the journal as an opportunity to be with and learn about yourself, you will find that the practice gains a momentum of its own. Discovering your own hidden depths piques your curiosity and stimulates you to continue, setting up a positive feedback loop between your conscious and unconscious mind.

7. Emphasize process rather than product. An important purpose of journal writing is simply expressing and recording your thoughts and feelings. Concentrate on the process of writing -- keeping the flow of words rather than worrying about the end result. If your goal is to have a specific audience read your piece, go back to it later and edit it. Use your journal as the raw material for more polished writing.

8. Use well crafted journal writing tools. People who stick with journal writing find pleasure in the process. Some look for beautiful journal books or comfortable pens. Consider using your computer; many routinely spend time at a computer already and feel comfortable at the keyboard. And now there is journal writing software available that heightens the journal writing experience with specific journal writing tools -- to help inspire self-reflection and spark new avenues of thinking, to organize and manage your writing and to set the stage for uncensored, secure self-expression.

9. Learn from your own experiences and incorporate them into your publishable writing.

After just a few weeks or months of keeping a journal, go back to earlier journal entries. You may be surprised how fresh your writing is and how you can mine your journal entries by extracting rich detailed descriptions, authentic conversations and ideas for plots that you already have written within your journal.

10. Have fun!! Journal writing is its own reward. Once you get started, your journal will become another one of your good friends -- one who is always available, has the time to listen attentively and remember what you said.

Ruth Folit has kept a journal for 30 years. Her company's journal writing and keeping software, LifeJournal(tm), was the winner of the McGraw-Hill Higher Education sponsored Technology Design Competition for Computers and Writing 2000.
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If you have read until here you clearly understand the concept. But I don't really think you did! It is quite long and unless you need it as in a school requirement, then that would be the only time I can understand you really read the article. Ro see the true version of this piece, simply click here at the Writers Store and the rest of the stuffs.


  1. hello! thank you for the visit and comments! hope you're having a great monday!

    take care always!

  2. Thanks for dropping by Sheng. Take care always and enjoy the rest of the week.
    ABC Bloglearner

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  5. Hi Liz! Thanks a lot for all the tips... I just wish I can do them, busy then kasi sa work, i just insert the blogging visits while i do my work...(^_^

    ABC Bloglearner

  6. hello! thanks for sharing this.

    hmmm.. well, minsan lang mn ko nagaonline kag kadali lang. mo na nd ko minsan kasend comments, etc...

    anyways, musta na? ayo2 dira!

  7. Hi Weng! Thanks for dropping by and good you are at least back for a while...It's ok here, starting to get real hot coz of summer. Actually I am working on my job order at the mo...it's expiring soon...sigh...

    Thanks again, ill be in your site in a short while.

    Take care always,
    ABC Bloglearner

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  9. Thanks for the visit and your comments. Your blog looks lots of info...TC

  10. Hi Deniz! I am so sorry my dear, i don't understand anything of it.

    Just take care and best regards,
    ABC Bloglearner

  11. Hi Genny!

    Thanks for the return visit. Id be in your page again, id love making comments and sharing my ideas.

    Take care,
    ABC Bloglearner

  12. hi! its good to hear from you again :)
    anyway, yeah its really helpful however, this time medyo matumal ang business db, no orders pa.
    well, its good that you're enjoying and its helpful to you.
    glad to know that.

    how are you?

    me, so very busy talaga, don't even have much time with my blog, no new posts, i really wanted to explore more in blogging and money online but my time and resources does not allow me. hope to rise this coming month

    ok hope you'll keep in touch

    God bless!

  13. Hey! thnks for visit and comment... I am a new blogger in 3 days my blog gonna be 1 month old:).. I love it not just because i can make money but it does help me learn lots of things and enhance english too. :)

  14. Hi friend, gina.

    Thanks for dropping by. Yup, I have noticed that you have gone really busy since you transferred work. Anyway, i will still be visiting you blog to give you a hi and a message... well, you my gmail is not that convenient.... hehehe

    Thanks for dropping by.
    ABC Bloglearning

  15. Hi em...don't worry ill support you in that cause, ill be in your site often and help...hehehe

    ABC Bloglearning


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