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Why writers should have a journal

Why Writers Should Have A Journal.

You must be thinking, Why write in a journal when I can just type onto my PC. Truthfully, One of the valuable tools I’ve found since I started taking my writing seriously is my writing journal. This book, is where I write down every idea I have. Some I may use, some I won’t, but the journal helps me sort them out and keep them organized.


Sometimes I get and idea for story or poem and then I keep it in my head for a long time that when I need it I can’t remember anymore. You can’t possibly store all your ideas in your head. Thoughts come and go, but if you write it down in journal, you’d be able to look back on it later when you need it.

Importance of Keeping A Writer’s Journal

Read below, why you should have a journal for your writings.

1) Keeping A Writer’s Journal Fosters creativity:

Keeping a journal is one of the best tools to practice your writing and to make sure you keep writing.
Make a particular commitment for a month. Everyday you write something, your fears, worries, channel into words and journal it.

2) Keeping A Writer’s Journal Keeps you sane:

I’ve had scenarios where I’ve got too many thoughts in my head or I just can’t stop thinking. I needed to pour out my thoughts, so I get my journal and write. It helps clear the mind.


3) It Serves As A Bank Of Thought:

At some point you’d wanna go back and look at your previous writing. You get inspiration from reading your journal and sometimes you learn from your mistakes.

“A writer can use a journal to reflect upon events and gain perspective on the past.”

4) It Brings Inspiration And Helps Overcome Writers Block:

Going through your previous writings, it helps bring inspiration. Writing daily helps enhances creativity. It helps one get focused and gets the words flowing – thereby overcoming writers block.

Now that you’ve read all this. I’m sure you’d be interested in having a writing journal too.
Let me know what you think in the comment section.

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Praise Osawaru

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About Praise

Praise Osawaru is a writer, poet, content developer and entrepreneur-in-training. His works have appeared in Black Youth, Nantygreens, Sprinng Literary Movement and Writers Space Africa. He was longlisted for African Writers Award 2019 and Shortlisted for The Zi Prize 2019. Follow him on Instagram/FB/Twitter: @wordsmithpraise

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  1. Great idea…would look into doing that.Thanks

  2. Nice. I used to keep a journal though but it's hard to stay committed

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