Hi Nick Brodd here. If you’re serious at all about becoming a knowledgeable, successful and an influential writer, don’t trust your memory. Write things down.
Some of the most influential writers throughout history have used their journals as secret writing weapons. I think we all should follow their lead.
After all, the raw material of your writing comes from your own life. What you experience, what you achieve, stories you hear, statistics you read, and so on, all influence what you write.
So be a serious student of your present, future and desired life. Take serious notes and use them proactively in your writing.
Here’s how I suggest you get started:
- Wherever you go. You never know when you’ll come across something valuable. Keep the journal with you all the time.
- What feels right. I used to write things down on post it notes, the first pieces of paper I could find or in the best case in the first notebook I could find. Not anymore. Now I use Evernote. Pick whatever journal feels right for you, but make sure you keep your journal entries in one place.
- Kill the grammar police. Your journal is personal and is not meant for anyone else. So keep things simple and merely write your thoughts down without thinking about grammar.
- Pick a time. Starting to journal is easy. Sticking to it is hard. So pick a time in the day when you always reflect and write down what happened that day. (Here’s a post outlining how I do that)
- Use a timer. When you start, allow yourself only 10 minutes per day. It makes the task feel more doable and you’re less likely to give up.
Get started today. Pick your writing medium and begin. If you’ve already journaled in the past, pick a time and get back on the horse. And if you’re already consistently journaling, my hat off for you! Make a journal entry today and pat yourself on the back.
Question: Do you keep a journal? Why or why not? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please comment below!
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