How to Keep a Journal
As the Paper Blanks blog points out, journaling can help you develop your writing skills, facilitate personal reflection and ultimately, provide you with the foundations of a successful book. Higher Ways Publishing explains how to keep a journal with the following five easy tips.
Be old fashioned
Writing for the Guardian, journalist Keri Smith says: “I find the experience of keeping a journal much more creative on paper than on a computer. When I write, I’m physically immersed in the world and slow down, whereas on screen, I use my senses in a less engaged way – and I skim more.” Embrace your inner Wordsworth and use pen and paper to really engage with the craft of writing.
The one time it is OK to call yourself a hoarder is when you also call yourself a journal writer. You never know where you are going to find inspiration for writing. Something as simple as a bus ticket or a stamp could evoke strong feelings towards a certain part of your life, compelling you to record your experiences on paper. You could even glue certain items into the journal as a constant reminder of an exciting time in your life that could form the basis of an intriguing book.
Set aside time
Modern life can be so hectic, so how do you even find the time to keep a journal? With work, family friends and more to juggle, you have to actively set aside time for this task. Similarly to overcoming writers block, finding the right time to write can be key to effective journaling. If you are most productive in the mornings, write in the mornings, as this is when you will have the most incentive to create intriguing journal entries which could form the basis of a book later down the line.
Address your entries
How do you keep a journal and pour out your deepest, darkest secrets and feelings on paper without feeling silly? Embarrassment inhibits great writing, so it is vital that you feel comfortable taking yourself to really intimate places when journaling. We would suggest that you create somebody in your mind, perhaps make them your imaginary therapist and address your entries to them, so that you have someone to direct your private thoughts and feelings towards.
Just let go
The best writers are those who are willing to take themselves to uncomfortable, even extreme places. Just look at the classic novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Those early scenes where Jane goes to a horrific boarding school, according to The Telegraph, are “clearly written out of personal experience but brilliantly fictionalised.” Use your journal to tackle your deepest issues to create compelling, expertly written entries which could act as the foundation of a book everybody wants to read.
Take yourself there
Journaling for book writing purposes is not simple or easy. The key to mastering this activity is to find ways to tap into your deepest, most intriguing thoughts and feelings. Aim to let go when writing a journal, so you can craft entries which allow you to tap into your full writing potential, providing you with truly engaging entries. This is the sort of writing that makes a bestselling book.
About Higher Ways Publishing
Established in 2003 by Hayim Oshky and Mike Walden, Higher Ways Publishing helps authors and publishers transform brilliant ideas into commercial success. Headquartered in Tel Aviv Israel and California, they are a market leader in digital and hard-cover publishing for the health, fitness and relationship industries. Higher Ways Publishing have assisted many authors in expanding their online presence in the growing digital marketing world.