Tips for the Reluctant Journal Writer

Journal writing can be fun and therapeutic. Many people find it a relaxing process that helps them to deal with their problems and focus on the positive aspects of their lives. Others simply dread writing at all. They don’t like writing, or they may not want to dwell on certain aspects of their lives. Even if you are someone that cringes at the idea of keeping a journal you should try. It can be beneficial to yourself and to your posterity. Here are four tips for the reluctant journal writer.

1) Set aside a time each day, week or month that you will write in your journal. This will help your journal to become a habit and it will bless you a great deal to establish the pattern. You may want to set an amount of time that you have to write for as well. It may simply be fifteen minutes, but as you work on writing for that length of time, you will find it easier to do each time.

2) Look at alternatives to a written journal. If you are not comfortable writing, think about blogging or doing a journal on a voice recorder or video recorder. These options may be more appealing to you and your sensibilities. Your posterity will also enjoy seeing you as you talk and tell stories about your life.

3) If you don’t know what to write about, you may want to make a list of questions that you wish you knew about your ancestors and then begin to answer them. You can also just describe your day or any spiritual experiences you have had over the last week or two. As you write more often, it will be easier to come up with ideas.

4) You may decide to write your journal to someone in particular. This is a great way to help make the journal more personable. It may also make it easier for you to write about your life or explain your situation.

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