Over at Savvy Authors, I’m taking another wonderful course which will pretty much see me write and polish a brand new YA novel in 6 months, with the help of similar minded writers and an awesome teacher. Now, one element of the course is to get into the habit of updating a writing journal at the end of each day.
The idea is to write about how my writing went that day, any problems, concerns, questions, successes and anything else I could think of – so like any ordinary journal, but this one revolves around writing. Oh, and how many words I’d written that day. I can totally see the benefit of the word count tracker – seeing when I’ve been slack, and encourages me at the same time.
Now the problem is that I’ve never written in a diary of any kind, ever! This could have a lot to do with forgetting. So I did a bit of brainstorming and came up with some benefits of keeping a writing journal – at least for me:
1. It is well known that a writer’s writing can improve if they scribble something everyday – so the journal ensures I do just that
2. I’ll have a track record of my process, along with seeing where I stumbled and perhaps even why
3. The journal could be used as a sounding board for my ideas and jotting them down – hence I don’t forget them
4. Remembering my goals
5. Problem solving – when I get stuck I could note the issues down and come back to them. And of course release stress
6. Most important, at least to me, become disciplined to write everyday in the journal means I might write more of my novel everyday too
I’m sure there are millions of reasons, and I’d love to hear from you what else I could use it to really benefit from it.
Do you have a writing journal? If not, why? What do you use it for?