Keeping a Writing Journal

Do you carry a writing journal with you? I do, but I rarely write in it. I’m more of a typer, and my hands now find holding a pen to be very foreign.

There’s something special about writing things by hand, though. It feels more personal, like the words somehow mean more because you took the time to draw them out. As a blogger, I have to recognize the disconnect with typing, even though it’s my preferred method. There’s a boundary between you and me that doesn’t exist if I were to write this by hand and mail it to you.

Handwriting implies familiarity, whether that familiarity is between you and your reader or you and your story.

I’m definitely not suggesting to handwrite a full novel. If that’s your deal, by all means, go for it. I’ll cheer you on from behind my computer at Starbucks.

But, if you have a chance to take your notebook out and jot down some ideas or write the beginning of a story, please do it. Go somewhere even. Somewhere quiet and isolated or beautiful and inspirational (or all of the above). Just be alone with your mind and your imperfect handwriting.

I think you’ll be as surprised what happens.

 

4 thoughts on “Keeping a Writing Journal”

  1. Love my writing notebook. Take it with me everywhere. Also not one for writing by hand but love jotting down random thoughts and those out of no-where brainstorm sessions. Thanks for the great post.

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    1. This is really silly of me, but I find that if my handwriting looks too chicken scratchy I’ll rip out the page and rewrite it or just throw it away in disgust. I think that’s why I have a love-hate relationship with my writing journal.

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      1. Lol! My handwriting has stages. Some very neat little notes and some scrawled scribbling which I battle to decipher later… and then there are the doodles 😂 but love them or hate them I think a note book is a must 😉

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  2. I need to get better at it. I’ve been trying to make certain practices a habit by setting random alarms for myself to do it to (hopefully) make it become second nature. I’ll have to add a writing journal alarm now 😂

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