Keeping a Journal Makes You a Better Writer | Writing Forward



I guess there are some benefits to writing a journal by hand! ❤

Find out how keeping a journal makes you a better writer by improving your habits and skills.

Source: Keeping a Journal Makes You a Better Writer | Writing Forward

Author: Colleen Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro loves writing speculative fiction and the sub-genres of fantasy and magical realism, other types of cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood – or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Fairy Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. You can learn more about Colleen at

31 thoughts on “Keeping a Journal Makes You a Better Writer | Writing Forward”

  1. The only thing about journals is that it can be read by anyone who is too curious and that scares me! I would rather keep those thoughts in my mind unless they aren’t related to people in my life. But yes, maintaining a journal does improve ones writing skills and the flow of expressing emotions too.

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    1. Maybe you could lock your journal up to keep it safe. Just think, years from now someone in your family could find your journals! It could be a really magical experience. Journal writing of short stories and ideas is different than writing down one’s thoughts about other people or situations. Use your journal to be creative and think of prompts that increase your creativity! 😀

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      1. Oh yes, you’re absolutely right. I could avoid my thoughts and write down more about other things. Being an over thickener I usually have so many crazy ideas and stories. I think this would lead to some great things!

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    1. You know, that is fabulous! I do much better at typing because it takes too long to write it! LOL! I do write things down though, like haiku, poetry and descriptions of things. I even started a new one about phrases or sentences I hear that sound good. It really does help, don’t you think? ❤

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      1. Yes. I also type when I’m getting a lot of words down. But if I’m stuck, going for a walk and writing by hands is often helpful to get the words flowing again. I feel as if the writing is subtly different. (I’d never give up the speed and

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  2. I first started keeping a journal when I was about 14 and although there have been a few breaks, I’ve kept it up. There’s even one written mainly in shorthand which I can no longer decipher. The old ones are in a trunk in the attic, some are on shelves by my desk. One day, I shall gather them all together and have a bonfire.

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    1. LOL, Mary. I only just recently started keeping journals again. Really since I started blogging. I have really enjoyed them as a way to not try and keep everything in my brain. It really helps! I want pictures of that bonfire if you ever do it! ❤

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      1. I find they help me keep my brain from becoming too overloaded with things I have to do. I usually include a to-do-tomorrow list. I promise I’ll take pictures of the bonfire but I hope it won’t be too soon.

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  3. I used to journal all of the time, then along came my sons and I stopped journaling. I always thought I was too busy to take the time to write (hah, now I see that was just an excuse). I wish I had kept it up.

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