Why Journal Writing Sustains Me

Today, I am sharing a post I wrote over at createwritenow.com about how journal writing has become an important part of my life. In the coming weeks, I will be writing more on the topic of journaling, its value, and benefits. As you read, let it be a source of inspiration for you to either start keeping a journal or to begin again if it has been some time since you last wrote out your thoughts and feelings.

Here's an excerpt:

My journals have always been the place where I could be the freest with my thoughts, feelings, and ideas.
When I was in the 8th grade I was given my first diary. It had a brownish cover, with gold trim around the pages and a small, gold key attached to it. In this little book, I would record the daily events of my life as a thirteen-year-old girl and my “first love.” I guarded that little book with my life, hiding it under my mattress so prying eyes could not find it.

When I went to high school my writings were no longer kept in a diary, but instead in black and white composition notebooks. The size of the diary I had in 8th grade was no longer sufficient to capture the emotional life of a high schooler. My writings were still simple, recording the day in the life of a teenager in exact detail, but as I moved into my senior year, they slowly started to take on a tone of introspection.

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