Sunday, January 11, 2015

Learning Hack of the Day: Free Write in Your Journal

Several days ago, we started a journal because we know whatever career we choose, we will have to be good writers. Journals are practice writing and they help us to be more creative and to think through problems. Journals are to written in daily. To begin with, you might make your journal a diary, but more and more, you will want to get into creative thoughts or explore your feelings or devote the journal to dreams or special topics, like your pets or children or hobby. Every journal is individual. A good journaling trick if you are having trouble finding entries is to do some free writing. Free writing is writing as fast as you can. If you can't think of a word, skip over it. If you can't spell a word, spell it the way it sounds. If you can't think of anything to say, just keep repeating, “I don't know what to write,” Eventually something will start coming out, and you will be surprised at your insight. I remember a student who started out, “I don't have anything to say today.” Then he started writing about his feelings and ideas and ended, “I guess I had something to say after all.” Set a time limit or a page limit on your free writes. If you set a time limit, set a timer for five minutes. Ten minutes might be too long for beginners. Journals are a great way to keep in touch with ourselves. They also make great future reading.

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