Have you ever had an idea for a story, poem or an essay for school? What’s the first thing that you reach for? Pen and paper. Ideas come to you wherever, whenever. You can be on the train or bus and BAM! Brain gifts pouring into your mind. Having a designated space for those ideas is pivotal. Journals are an easy way to keep those brain gifts together.
If you’re a writer, you know how quickly those ideas can come and go. One minute it’s there, the next POOF! It’s gone. You can’t remember that amazing, beautiful idea for the life of you. That’s the harsh reality for any writer or any creative person. Heck, even scientists, businessmen and other people have this problem from time to time. You can remedy that by carrying a journal with you wherever you go. Whenever you have an idea, just take out your journal and pen – don’t forget the pen! – and write it down. Writing things down gives you a better chance of remembering things.
If you’re an aspiring author who has to juggle a job, school and a social life and for some other reason can’t stay at home and write, keeping a journal with you can help you keep up with your writing. Even if your schedule is full, there is no such thing as having no time for writing. Think of how much time that you spend just GETTING to work or school, or that party that your friends drag you to so that you can ‘live a little.’ That’s a lot of time. Time that you could use to catch up on your word count or your other writing goals! Just bring a journal with you and write that book!
There are also so many options when it comes to the type of journals that you can have. You have the standard marble notebook, the spiral notebook, the pocket sized notebook, etc. If you prefer to type rather than to handwrite, you can use a laptop or even your phone. There are so many apps just for writing that you can download onto your phone! And Google docs is amazing. I can’t tell you how many times that I’ve used Google docs to quickly write a paper that I have been procrastinating on WHILE I was on my way to class. It automatically saves your document onto your Google account, so you can access it on your phone or on any computer. You can literally be writing a whole novel while using public transportation! Moral of the story, keep writing. Unless you’re driving, there’s no reason why you can’t write on your way to work. Set yourself up for success rather than giving excuses for failure.