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J is for Journal (#AtoZChallenge)

Journaling (which my spell-check is telling me is not a word, but I'm going to be a rebel and use it anyway) can be used in different ways for writers. Since I'm writing quick posts for these challenges, I'll list 3:

  • Daily Journal: This is more like a diary, something where you keep track of both what you are doing and what you are thinking. I've kept a diary since I was about 8-years old. As a memoir writer, it helps a bit to keep my timeline straight, but not as much as you'd think. I suppose at 10 I didn't know I was keeping a history of my life. 
  • Journal of Work in Progress: For my first real draft of my memoir, I kept track of what I was thinking at the end of each session of writing. I noted if there was something I may want to add later-- as in whole scenes-- or if I thought I may have to move scenes elsewhere. I also kept track of my word count.
  • Gratitude Journal: This can be part of your daily journal, or separate. Many people say that listing out or writing about something or things you are grateful for at the end of each day helps you stay positive and focus on the good things in life. 
Happy Journaling!


  1. Very deep information regarding journal. So helpful for all of us but specially for those who were seeking the detailed definitions on different kind of journal.


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