This can be a fulfilling activity. Read on and learn more about what journal keeping is and then decide if it’s for you.


A journal is defined as; a daily record of news and events, sometimes including entries that are personal. Many have done this and called it a diary, but for most this is likely to be done in spurts. Recording formal activities can be vital for a busy executive, but this would be about official things like meetings and phone calls, feelings, family, and friends. Former presidents of the U.S. have vast libraries dedicated to the kind of information that would be included in a diary or log.

Lynn Nelson in his book about journaling “Writing and Being” Taking Back Our Lives through the Power of Language says, “This book is about people……..writing [to accomplish] intellectual, psychological, and spiritual growth.” He describes in his short book in ten sections useful techniques for recording your feelings in your Journal. I think of Journal in this case as a proper noun. The reason is that this is a log describing a real person including their deepest feelings, opinions, beliefs, their very being, an alter ego. It is not done according to a table or outline and is not done for the public. It can be scratched, scrawled, misspelled, and chaotic as it is put down. If it should ever become public writing, corrections can be made then. Perfection at the initial writing should never get in the way of recording how we feel, and not everything, or maybe anything, that you record is suitable for the public. That is for you to decide.

If you have an idea or thought you would like to share about your experience with journaling, please leave us a response below.

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  1. Journaling is a great way for people who want to write to get started–or, as Lynn says, a way to “enter the river.” It is a low stakes activity and helps the writer find little ideas that can grow into bigger pieces. Lynn Nelson, author of Writing And Being, was a close friend and teaching colleague at Arizona State University. By just following some of the writing prompts in the book, writers can begin to tap into their memories to find something worth writing about. My favorite is the “I Remember” poem (autobiographical poem) in Chapter Six. Anyone can do it. It’s four lines (or, more if you wish): I remember…I remember…I remember…But most of all I remember…”

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