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Words of Wisdom from a Writer: What is Journal Writing?

“When you write a little each day (jour means day in French), journaling becomes a daily practice.”

“Journal writing is practice and much more. With your words you give life to what you see, what you hear, what you touch. In this way you transform the outer thing that you see or touch into something inner. You bridge the outer and inner worlds, the visible and the invisible. This is the gift of journaling. Your daily life calls you in a thousand directions; journal writing centers you. You slow down and write. You learn to look anew at the world.”

“So why journal? Here are some of the reasons.

  • To establish the habit of writing (A writer writes.)
  • To capture memories (places, characters, conversations, events)
  • To discover what you think and feel (each time going deeper)
  • To find your voice (When does your writing sound the most natural? Look at your entries to see at what time of day and in what place you write most easily. Track your writing habits.)
  • To take risks (in a private place)
  • To plant seeds for stories (move from image to story)” — Susan M. Tiberghien, in  One Year to a Writing Life: Twelve Lessons to Deepen Every Writer’s Art and Craft


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