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Benefits of Journal Writing – From Benefiters Themselves

Ruth Folit sent this link as a follow-up on the post below. She says: “Thought you’d be interested in this web page that contains a handful of people–some leaders in the journaling field–with recordings, each about 60 seconds, about what they consider the benefits of keeping a journal.”

Do visit the page.



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Journal Writing – Its Benefits to Writers

Journal writing has always been encouraged by both educators and health practitioners – educators because it is the best way to record thoughts and experiences, and health practitioners because it helps in reducing stress, and as a result improve general health. For a writer, I think both the reasons apply – plus a lot more. Why, you may ask. The reason is simple. For a writer, its benefits are many more.  

First of alwrite4l, what is a journal? There are several different kinds of journals, but here we are talking about personal journals. These are recordings of daily experiences, personal thoughts, insights into things or people, or even conversations with yourself, which you write on a regular basis. Now how can these recordings help a writer? What are the benefits of journal writing to a writer? Here are some of them:

  • It is writing practice – Since you are writing something every day, the writing process is continuous – it keeps your ideas and language flowing. The daily experiences are different, and the daily moods vary, so naturally what you write and how you write will also vary. This will bring variety to your writings.
  • It helps in remembering things – Writers usually base their writings on their personal experiences. Your journal has all your experiences and thoughts written down, so when you are stuck, or are short on ideas, you can always get back to your journal to refresh your mind. In a way, you can say your journal is a treasure trove of ideas. It prevents writer’s block and helps in brainstorming.
  • It helps in self-improvement – When you write your journal, you write on the day you experience something – whether it is an event, a feeling, or a thought. So, at that time, you are emotionally involved in the writing and you rarely stop to think. When you read this very same thing at a later date, you read it objectively. As a result, you become your own critic and can easily identify your weaknesses and the areas where you need improvement.
  • It makes you more observant and enable you to understand things better – When you write your observations, thoughts, and feelings on a regular basis, you start understanding them more. You start understanding the hows and the whys, giving you better insight into things – a very important characteristic of a good writer.
  • Your journal can one day be published as your memoirs.  

These are just a few of the many benefits of journal writing to a writer. Do you keep a journal? Has it benefitted you?


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Advantages of Freelancing as a Writer

Freelancing as a writer certainly has its advantages.



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The Importance of Reading


Reading is definitely a must for anyone who wishes to be a writer, but unfortunately few people realize this. They would much rather browse the internet or watch TV than read a good book. Why do you think this ibooks-2s so? I personally feel the culprit is modern technology – it is slowly taking over our lives.  I know there are quite a few people out there who are of the view that browsing the internet is just as, if not more, stimulating than reading.  These people may be right in their own ways, but I would still say that reading is not only better, but more important.   

The point of discussion here is – the importance of reading for new and beginning writers. Why is it so important? Well, if we go into the whys, there are many. But to mention just a few:


  • Exercises the mind, making it flexible enough for ideas to flow smoothly.
  • Trains the mind to stay focused.
  • Increases knowledge.
  • Develops vocabulary and improves grammar and spelling.
  • Improves comprehension skills.
  • Improves ability to reflect on a topic which leads to new insights and ways of expressing them.
  • Encourages to relate the writer’s thought to your own experiences, leading to new ideas.
  • Opens the mind and stretches imagination.
  • Improves memory.

All these factors relate to the mind and can definitely help you write better. There are a few other points as well, which though not related to the mind, can also help a writer write better. These are:


  • Relaxes and improves the ability to remain calm.
  • Takes minds off daily problems, thus improving general health.
  • Rejuvenates and nourishes souls, which improves the ability to take control of the emotions.

Benefits of reading are so many that it’s a pity not many people have made it into a habit. We’ll discuss this point tomorrow. In the meantime, can you think of any other benefit of reading? Have I missed out anything?


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