What to Write About in a Daily Journal Have you ever been at a loss for word when deciding what to write in a journal? As a writer, I find that keeping a daily journal is imperative for organizing my thoughts and keeping my grammar where it needs to be.
Twelve years to be exact. When I first began writing even a single page was excruciating. But now journaling is the favorite part of my day: I feel better both mentally and physically in the days and weeks after writing down my thoughts.
The practice has very real physical health benefits for the people who do it. James Pennebakera psychologist and leading expert in the field of Expressive Writing —a type of journaling that usually involves exploring issues that can literally correct the course of your life—journaling strengthens immune cells called T-lymphocytes and has been shown to be associated with drops in depression, anxiety, and increases in positive mood, social engagementand quality of close relationships.
People go to the doctor less in the months after EW. Other studies find faster wound healinggreater mobility among people with arthritisand the list goes on.
In this way, writing removes mental blocks and allows us to use more of our brainpower to better understand ourselves and the world around us.
Few write by pen anymore. But when it comes to journaling pen and paper can have measurable benefits over the keyboard. Yet many people, especially those in our 20s and 30s, have lost the muscle memory of cursive writing, which can make it feel slow and uncomfortable when we try to jump back into it.
Know this is temporary. In short time you will feel comfortable writing by hand again. I personally like writing by hand with a V5 Hi-Techpoint ink pen with a 0. Or maybe the best medium for you is the touch screen.
There are literally hundreds of writing and journaling apps available on iOS and Android. It used to be advised that people set a page limit—for example 3 pages—for every day they write.
But both Pennebaker and Purcell agree that more effective journaling comes by setting a time limit for each day you write. A time limit gives the writer an incorporeal goal, which can greatly help people when they start journaling. Seeing three blank pages ahead of you can be daunting, but an invisible time goal seems much less challenging.
Pennebaker says he has people write for a flat to minutes a day. Most beginning writers, whether they are journaling, journalists, or writing a novel tend to fall into the trap of feeling they need to be profound in their writing with great insights into the human condition.
When it comes to journaling and most forms of professional writing trying to be profound is self-defeating.
True profundity comes naturally, even accidentally. Pretentiousness is what results when people set out to be profound. You just need to write. Journaling is not a term paper. No one is grading you on spelling, grammar, punctuation, or structure. If you edit, you stop to think, which is when you cease to naturally explore and reveal the thoughts in your head.
Journaling also allows us to explore avenues we may not consciously want to explore, so if we stop to think, we may run from the very topic our journaling has just uncovered.Writing in a journal is good for you—and so is throwing it out By Ephrat Livni May 20, Very little writing withstands the test of time, and that’s fine.
Great blog. I often think of myself as a good writer until I’m writing something and end up spending so much time perfecting one sentence.
So I found it very interesting that Mark Twain mentioned that it makes you a good writer. Through your writing you’ll discover that your journal is an all-accepting, nonjudgmental friend. And she may provide the cheapest therapy you will ever get.
Best of luck on your journaling journey! Jul 31, · To write a journal entry for school, read the assignment carefully, reflect on what you've learned, and write your analysis of the information being reviewed.
The exact rules of why, when, where and how you write are probably yours to determine in either case, but 82%(96).
Through your writing you’ll discover that your journal is an all-accepting, nonjudgmental friend. And she may provide the cheapest therapy you will ever get. Best of luck on your journaling journey! Journaling is also good writing practice.
As a journaling journalist, I believe my ability to formulate sentences professionally stems from efforts that began when I was a child scrawling emotions.