Do you keep a journal?

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Do you keep a journal?
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Fri, 03-15-2013 - 11:10am

Do you keep a journal, aside from anything you're working on writing? Do you find it helps you write to compile your own, personal thoughts?

Here's some info on why keeping a journal can help you become a better writer, along with some different versions of journals you can opt to have (they all don't have to be diary-esque!).

http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/keeping-a-journal.aspx

I love how she addresses time spent on journaling. Since I work, am a mom to a toddler and an 11yo, a wife, and own a home, I've got a lot on my plate. I love to write, but finding time is key. I wouldn't want to force myself to journal only to not have enough time left to do my actual writing.

What do you all think?

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Wed, 03-27-2013 - 3:09pm

That's great! :) I really need to start up again as well. Not just for writing purposes, but to get the mind to slow down. Plus there is just something soothing to me about  putting pen to paper.

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Tue, 03-26-2013 - 5:43pm

It's crazy...I'm a writing instructor and I preach the benefits of keeping a journal. It does indeed help you improve your writing. (I've even sent them to the Grammar Girl website you linked to.) But I haven't kept a journal in years. Like you, I am a full-time teacher, mom to six, writer, and loads of other things...so finding the time is difficult.

Still, it is important and I'm going to commit to trying to write ten minutes a few days a week. Thanks for the reminder! :)

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