Darren M. Palmer
Why Every Author Should Journal Every Day
I could go on and on with all of the different reasons why authors or aspiring authors should journal, but I am going to highlight five reasons! While writing creates creativity, there are a lot more benefits of why writing every day is helpful. If you want to be a better writer, you must be willing to write. Writing about the great moments in your life, as well as the lessons you have learned each day, allows you to build the habit of writing and make the art of writing come to you more naturally.
REASON #1 Get it Out of Your Head
Journaling is removing your thoughts and putting them on paper. Sometimes we are so consumed with our thoughts that we let important things slip by! You have to get it out of your head. It helps you be more organized and productive.
“Sometimes, you don’t realize your thoughts until you read them on paper.”
You can process events and after several situations to reveal patterns in your life. If you have a bad day, that’s okay! Write about it… Get it out of your head. I will also add that you can title your entries, so when you are skimming through, it can take you back to that moment.
REASON #2 Creating a Discipline
Journaling creates discipline and shows you what you value. If you desire to write, creating the discipline of journaling makes it more comfortable when you do focused writing on a specific topic. I will say during this process; it never hurts to have a prompt for self-reflection.
REASON #3 Improves Your Writing
If you have ever wanted to practice or improve your writing, the best thing to do is write. You don’t have to have the perfect topic or a specific theme; you just need to start getting your ideas on paper. The more you work through them, the more those ideas will flourish into something more complete.
REASON #4 Reduce Stress
Writing down your feelings acts as a release and can be very cleansing. If you can put your anxieties, frustrations, and pains on paper, then you are less likely to harbor them inside, which creates stress. Expressing yourself in a diary is a positive way to free tension you may be internalizing.
REASON #5 Improve Your Memory
By writing down ideas and thoughts you have had throughout the day, your brain is more likely to store that information. If you learn something new, a diary is a place to store the details, but as you recover those facts and write them down, your brain will make more reliable connections with that information, and you will have an easier time recalling it.
There are so many benefits of journaling. Whether it’s journaling your goals and dreams or daily activity, it is essential to commit to journaling. You don’t want to dread this process; it needs to be something you enjoy. It will help you in more ways than you think. Why are you waiting? Get to journaling!