Writing in a journal can make you a better writer. How? Here are 5 ways.
1. Practice Makes Perfect
The most obvious reason is that by writing in a journal, you are practicing writing. Writing in a journal is a more relaxed experience than writing a book, but it still gets your brain used to writing and polishes your writing skills.
2. Increased Creativity
Journal writing is a form of free writing that increases your creativity. If you’re struggling with writer’s block, writing in a journal may help you break through it. Journal writing can also get you into a creative mode before you start your writing workday.
3. A Safe Place
A journal is a safe place to play with world-building ideas, vocabulary, or word choice, or to vent and blow off steam. You can write whatever you want, practice as much as you want, and clear your mind.
4. Find Out about Yourself (and Your Characters)
Through journaling, you can learn more about yourself and why you do the things you do. When writing about events, you can also examine the feelings and motivations behind your actions. Not only does this lead to better self-awareness, it can help you get in the heads of our characters and better understand their motivations.
5. A Source of Inspiration
Reading old journal entries can give you inspiration in the future. Thoughts, feelings, and experiences that you’ve written down may serve as a basis for future writing.
Do you journal write, and has it made you a better writer? We’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments below!