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How Journaling can be a Training Ground for Aspiring Authors

JournalingIt’s a proven fact that the more time you spend writing, the better at writing you will become. Writers who write out of passion do not have a problem with this. They write each day because it is a necessity rather than a habit, effort, or obligation. On the other hand, some writers tend to have difficulty developing a daily writing routine. One thing that separates successful writers from unsuccessful writers is commitment. When one is committed to the task at hand, their chances of success increases exponentially.

If you’re struggling to form a routine of daily writing, try journaling.  One of the easiest solutions to becoming a committed writer over a prolonged period of time is by journaling on a daily basis.  Journaling is one of the best tools you (as an aspiring author) can use to sharpen your writing skills; it is an effective training ground for building and establishing a career in writing. Journal writing will help instill creativity, hone writing skills and develop the critical thinking necessary for becoming an amazing author.

To Write, We Have to Think

A journal can be seen as a writer’s sacred space. It is where writers capture their stories, chronicle experiences and jot down ideas. However, journals serve purposes beyond recording events and pouring out thoughts and feelings. According to Mary Louise Holly, the act of putting pen to paper engages one’s brain. Thus, journal writing will allow you to make sense of what’s on the inside – making journaling a breeding ground for your brilliant ideas.

Unblock Writers’ Block

When faced with the all-so-familiar “writer’s block”, taking a break and working on something else can be extremely beneficial.  However, you’ll multiply the benefits even more if you utilize your break for journaling.  The freedom of writing with no rules, guidelines or expectations can be just what the doctor ordered for unblocking the creativity needed for finishing your book.

Time Management

Journal writing can also play a key role in learning effective time management.  Aspiring authors often complain of having the desire to take their writing hobby to the next level, but claim they do not have the time needed to do so. Journal writing can serve as an ideal solution to this problem.  With daily journal writing, you’ve already undoubtedly set aside time and space for exploring ideas and sharpening your skills.  Once you’ve developed and mastered this habit of daily journaling, carving out time to write your book will be a breeze!

Avoid Distractions

Writing in a journal can also teach you to avoid distractions and procrastination when writing a book. While keeping a journal on a computer is an option, it is more ideal to use an old fashion a pen and paper. You’ll find that journal writing away from your computer will increase your productivity significantly by alleviating the online distractions that often result in procrastination.

You don’t necessarily have to write each day to become a professional writer. However, those who have the most success treat their writing as a job and commit to doing it daily.  By learning the practice of daily journaling, you’ll sharpen your sword, master your craft, and put yourself on the path of achieving great success as well renowned author.