Posted by: ArtisrRJ19 | January 16, 2013

Journaling-How to Keep One, What to Write About, and What to Do With it When it’s Full.

Please enjoy this guest post by author Caroline Jones.

Keeping a journal is a great way to keep track of your life’s events and your deepest thoughts. It’s something that you can keep all to yourself, or it’s something that you can pass down to your children or grandchildren so that they can learn about how the world really was during your lifetime.

Many people are very interested in starting a journal, but they have questions as to how to begin and how to keep up with it. The following information will guide you through the questions you have about journaling.

How do I keep a journal?

The first thing you need to understand about journaling is that you have control over how you journal. You can choose to go out and buy an actual journal, or you can simply pick up a notebook and use that instead. If you are more computer savvy, you may even want to keep an electronic journal in the form of a blog or website, or even keep your journal entries in the form of word processor documents.

There is no time frame for journaling, so you can decide if you want to keep a daily journal or if you only want to write in your journal once a week or on special occasions.

What do I write about in my journal?

The best thing about journals is that you can write about anything you want to. Some people use their journal to write about the day’s events, and the journal serves as a document record of their life. Others use their journal to write about their thoughts and beliefs, whether on generic topics or on events or occurrences that are popular at the given moment. Some people use their journal to tell stories about their families and friends, and some even use their journal to be creative and write down poems, stories, song lyrics or anything else that may come into their mind. It’s important to know that you can write whatever you want in your journal, so don’t be afraid to let your feelings and thoughts run wild.

What do I do with my journal when it’s full?

If you write on a consistent basis, you’ll realize that you’ll eventually fill up your journal. There are different things you can do when this happens. If you want to continue writing, you can label your journal with dates and put it in a safe place. Then, start another journal. If this one becomes full too, make sure to date it and put it with the other journal so they’re all together.

If you don’t want to continue journaling once your book is full, you can always label your journal and put it somewhere safe. You can keep this as documentation of your thoughts, feelings and experiences, and you will have it to look back on for the rest of your life.

Journaling can be a fun way to organize your thoughts and keep track of what’s going on in your life. Just remember that you can write in your journal whenever you want, and that you can use it for any type of writing that you wish.

Caroline Jones works as a journalist in Boston.  Her favorite subjects to write about are animals, cooking, journaling, and sewing.

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Responses

  1. How come you haven’t mentioned turning the journals into an autobiography, or using the contents to help form a memoir?

    • Your point is well taken, Lorraine. Many of my journals have been packed away for years. Yes, it is time to retrieve them and use them as parts of my memoirs. I will look at your suggestions seriously. Thank you.

  2. Loved your article, Caroline. Thanks for the insights. I’ve been journaling for years. Your article was very helpful.


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