Journaling for writers

by Andy Youings September 08, 2017

Journaling for writers

We’ve noticed over the last 12 months that as stationery addicts we tend to share a passion for reading, as well as writing. So like us, you will be delighted to learn that this week was ‘Read a Book Day’ (Wednesday 6th September) as well as ‘Buy a Book Day (Thursday 7th September). Double hurrah!  The idea is simple; to encourage individuals of all generations to sit down, relax and read - something we’d all like to do more of but don’t always have the time. There’s nothing better for helping you to totally switch off from the world than getting stuck into a great book. Fact or fiction, they can take us to different worlds without having to step outside our doors. A truly magical experience.

After stumbling upon the excellent ‘Notebook Stories’ website (link below) we found some wonderful quotes from authors about the power of journaling:


“The diary taught me that it is in the moments of emotional crisis that human beings reveal themselves most accurately. I learned to choose the heightened moments because they are the moments of revelation.” 

Anaïs Nin


“I got out this diary and read, as one always does read one’s own writing, with a kind of guilty intensity. I confess that the rough and random style of it, often so ungrammatical, and crying for a word altered, afflicted me somewhat. I am trying to tell whichever self it is that reads this hereafter that I can write very much better.”

Virginia Woolf in A Writer’s Diary


So with these words ringing in our ears, we pondered why it’s such a great idea for writers to keep journals.


A lot of time and preparation goes into writing a book and along with getting it published, the hardest part is surely establishing the story and the message that you want it to convey? Knowing where to start a book can be difficult, but using a journal as a stepping stone to open creative thoughts and ideas can be really helpful.  Some writers even turn their journals into published books.


A personal touch

Reading back through old journals and using scenarios and quotes to add to a story can be really useful while also giving a personal touch to a writer’s work. Writers often use past experiences for their work, so having historic journals to jog the memory can work really well.


Let your mind wander

Journaling can also be a wonderful way to practice mindfulness. If you write in your journal each morning the mind should be free to concentrate on working on fresh ideas for the next chapter. We believe that writing in a journal helps to unlock the creative parts of our brains, which can be the very thing that transforms those ideas into bestsellers!



The simple act of reading often helps to improve writing skills, and reading our own work now and again can really help identify areas for improvement.


Exploring your mind

Looking back and reading past journals can help change perceptions on issues and subjects  by understanding how our view of the world has changed. This encourages us to take a wider view and might help our writing connect with a wider audience.


Amateur or professional, we believe that regular journaling offer most writers a simple way to accelerate skills as a creative. If you have any writing tips of your own that you’d like to share, we’d love to hear them too!


Happy journaling (& reading).




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