A Journaling Guide

Not just a piece of writing, it almost feels like a memory when you push yourself to actually feel it again, not for the first time but for the second. A journal is a piece of your soul, day, emotions and ambitions. Writing one is not easy, it takes a lot of patience and thought. At the end of the day, the nostalgic feeling you get once you live your words inside your head again, makes it all worth it. So, here I am today guiding you through your journaling journey.

What you get from writing a journal:

1. Remembering details about certain memories: You get to experience some of the memories you thought you forgot through reading your own words.

2. Remembering old friends: You’ll start to remember the characters you knew while experiencing this certain memory.

3. Help you process feelings and ideas

How to write a journal:

1. Choose the type of writing, whether it’s on paper or using the notes app on your phone. It should be something easy to carry around everywhere, because you never know, you might get a thought. Writing using your hands is more preferable because it’s raw and you wouldn’t have to worry about your phone dying or anything.

2. Date your entry, you might think it’ll be easy to remember things, but trust me without a date you’ll never remember.

3. Tell the truth, the journal is a record of how you felt and what you did. Telling the truth will make you a reliable storyteller. You’re not honest for the reader, you’re honest for yourself.

4. Make sure to write down details like time, location, who you were with and what you were wearing. Details will help bring the memory alive when you record using your five senses.

5. Write down what you felt, what you were thinking? Were you sad? Happy? Mad? Write down why.

6. Write down a lot or a little. A journal entry doesn’t have to be three pages long. It can be a few words that describe what happened, a few sentences about the highlight of your day. Your journal entry can also be a poem, a drawing or a list of words. It’s your journal, you have every right to be creative.

A journal is your best friend and also your enemy, you can picture it however, but never forget why you started journaling from the beginning. It’s your story and it needs to be heard.

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