Write your Diaries and Journals Now
Tips on Writing Diaries and Journals. How to get yourself started. Write down your life, thoughts, and dreams for yourself and your children.
Record your life in writing.
Diaries and Journals are a great souce of good writing. Did you ever have a diary when you were growing up? Most of us did. It usually was one that had a lock and key, and only you could unlock it.
Did you ever have a younger sister or brother that wanted to find it and read it and then tattle about it? I did. You probably hid your diary somewhere so prying eyes couldn't find it. Perhaps hidden under the mattress, in a drawer or some other secret place. We all probably wished that we had a secret compartment underneath a drawer, like in Rebecca. Excellent movie, by the way.
And you know darn well, when they found it when you weren't looking, they were reading and laughing, and suddenly your private thoughts were an open book, thanks to little Margaret or Johnny. And you probably had thoughts of killing them afterwards as they were screaming in delight, "Jill loves Jack and wants to be Mrs. Wilson. K-I-S-S-I-N-G. I'm forgetting how that little song goes, First comes love, marriage and a baby in a carriage. Fill me in on the correct song!
But, now you are older and you want to have a place to record your thoughts. It still can be private like a diary, but it suddenly becomes more than that. I would rather call them journals and journal writing.
It should be something that you keep up with every day. Make it a daily habit to come to it and write down any thought that you are thinking. It shouldn't matter how good the writing is, as long as it's yours. I wish my mother and nana had done this.
When you're older it is great to keep your thoughts and memories collected in a journal or a book. It is a legacy that you can pass on to your children and their children. It's very important to record your life for them. Because, let's face it, when you are gone and you haven't left anything for them, all they have are the memories of what they can remember. They don't have a clue about before they were born.
Unless you provide for them what your life was like. All they might remember if you tell them about it is just bits and pieces and they might not remember exactly how things happened unless if your provide a source for them to refer to.
It's also a fun thing to look back on your writings. You also never know when you might find yourself a novel from it, or a poem or short story. Words can evolve from anything.
Pick out what you would like to write in. Some people like to have a physical journal, while others just like a notebook of some sort. And many of us just like to write it into the computer and print it out later when we think it is done.
Lots of people like to publish their memoirs to have for themselves and family and friends. I have heard that CreateSpace is a good place to publish and is inexpensive. You have to watch out, as some of these other more expensive self publishing companies just like to take your hard earned money, tell you you need to have a basic advertising package, (which costs at least $5,000 dollars, plus $700-$1500 to actually publish your book, $1000's for a publicist, $1500 or more to travel to California to pitch it to movie producers. And then you get crap for your royalties, because nobody has ever heard of you and the advertising package is a one time deal that only lasts four to five weeks and can still get you nothing.
This has sickened me with my first published book, so next time around I think I am going with CreateSpace. It is worth it just to get it in print. That in itself is thrilling to get a hard copy of your hard work in print.
And because you put hard work into your memoirs, you can feel satisfied that you can get it into print so you have a legacy to give to your children.
Journal writing is very rewarding. You really open doors to yourself when you release your thoughts onto paper. Once was nothing NOW IS.
Jennifer Jo Fay
Copyrighted December 15, 2011