We know that journaling has many applications that can benefit people from all walks of life—professionals, students, parents, teens, academics, and creative types—like artists and writers. Journaling can bring about a state of mindfulness, where people can slow down time and concentrate on a self-care activity. It can offer a creative outlet for those seeking an accessible means for expression. And it can be a gateway into establishing a productive writing practice.
The most wonderful aspect of journal writing is its versatility. People can use it in different situations to meet different needs, and it remains relevant since it is a flexible practice.
Since journaling is a flexible activity, writers can begin a journal that is focused on goal setting and work towards reaching a dream, then change to journal about reflections of events in the past. Journal writing changes with us. As we switch subjects and interests, it stays there and allows for a comfortable space to meet our needs. While journaling, we can be professional, creative, parental, friendly, depressed, anxious, confident, entrepreneurial, or organized.
Anything works in the pages of a journal.
When we journal, we are our whole selves. We can explore the ideas that comes into our minds, ponder the questions that make us curious, and wander through avenues of new ideas.
While journaling, writers can brainstorm ideas for creative projects, and there are activities to make this process more productive. When we brainstorm, we want to collect all the questions, ideas, details, and thoughts that we possibly can in an effort to explore our ideas. What starts as a passing thought can turn into a well-loved novel.
ODI seeks to provide emerging writers with useful resources to get your writing moving forward.