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3 Reasons Journals Make Better Writers | Writings By Ender

I haven’t journaled since my teens. Destined for the trash, those scribbles were either too boring, or too embarrassing, to reread (or for someone else to find!) Though I didn’t know it at the time, I was using writing as a therapeutic technique. But what about keeping a writer’s journal, now that I’m well-adjusted? That could be treasure, not trash.

In any case, Austin L. Wiggins has convinced me to find some sturdy notebooks and give journaling a go…

“Not all good writers journal, but good journaling can make a bad writer decent, and a decent writer good.” ~ Austin L. Wiggins

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Are you a writer-journaler? If so, how has journaling impacted your writing? Do you prefer a digital or handwritten journal? Do you keep it under lock-and-key, like a stash of corporate secrets?

Go ahead and share your journaling thoughts, or experiences, in the comments. We all can use some insight and inspiration. <3


About the author

JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She sometimes writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends -- with a dash of humor and dab of Poli-Sci. JoAnn's views and insights are tinted by her past profession in Counseling, Christian theological studies, and Library and Information Science training. Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.


  • While I don’t do it on a daily basis, I keep a journal regularly. I also use a separate notebook to record ideas for articles, notes on a conference, notes on books I read… Third : large rhodia « cahier », for specific purposes such as travel writing ( notes before heading off on a trip, notes on experiences during the trip, and notes after coming back ), as well as a series specifically on research I am doing on the history of the physical aspects of writing ( technical systems ) in the occidental world, from the beginning of writing five millinia ago in Sumer ( south Iraq today ) to the present.

    All of them written by hand, with fountain pens mostly, and occasionnaly pencils.

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