Journal Writing Tips

Journal Writing Tips

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Although there are no rules or limits with journaling, below are some useful journal writing tips that can help you get the most out of keeping a journal.

  • At the top of your journal page write down the date. You may also choose to include the time, place and location for each day’s entry.
  • Leave space at the top, so that after finishing a particular entry you can go back and give it a title (optional).
  • Write with whatever you feel most comfortable with – a favorite pen, pencil, marker, colored pencils or other writing instrument. Use a blank journal or notebook that is acid-free for long-life and one that is just the “write” size and fits right where you want it – a purse, pocket, briefcase, bookbag or at home.
  • Don’t be concerned with grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc. Write so that you get your thoughts out as quickly as possible.
  • Set a specific time and place where you will be alone and able to be comfortable and at peace for journaling.
  • Write as often as you can. Don’t feel pressured to write on a daily basis, but the more often you can, the better.
  • To add variety to your journaling, consider drawing what you want to say instead of writing.
  • Make a list of various things such as “The 5 best things about today were.. “
  • Keep special mementos in your journal.
  • Talk about a significant moment in the day.
  • Write from your heart. Don’t write for anyone else, but yourself.
  • Although you should write for yourself, if you feel like you need an audience ? Pretend you?re writing a letter or note to a trusted family member or friend.
  • Looking for inspiration? – Use our extensive list of journal writing prompts and exercises.