Start a Writer’s Journal

A writer’s journal is a wonderful thing. It can come in handy now and later. It is a tool many writers have no knowledge of but what could be their writing salvation. I have found that it is one of my most valuable tools I have as a writer.

  • The beginning of the day at the office. What sounds are there? Describe how it sounds, smells, and even feels with the temperature. Note how people interact including their tones and mannerisms.
  • On the bus ride to work. fYou could have new entries with this all the time as every ride can be so different. Describe people in detail. Use all your senses. People will smell differently. They will wear their clothes differently. Note their faces and their voices. What are they doing on the bus? There is a lot of meterail here to work with.
  • What about a funeral? There is quite a bit of material there. People have their own unique way of acting in these situations. I see people laughing as they memories. Even their laugh can be different on these occassions. How are they mourning? Everyone has their own way of doing it.
  • A school play or concert can give you material. People watching is fun. Add in the sounds and activities to get a ton of info for your writing.
  • Vacations are a great way to gather information for your writer’s journal. When I was at the Grand Canyon, I met so many people. I experienced things I never had before. The details are easily forgotten as time goes by. What if I had a scene of someone hiking? I could pull out my journal that I wrote in on my trip and get those even ten years afterwards when my memory isn’t as reliable on such things.

Writer for ten years, lover of education, and degrees in business, history, and English. Striving to become a Renassiance woman.

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