Nothing matters but the writing

People who keep journals have life twice and I have 4 of them.
                                   People who keep journals have life twice and I have 4 of them.

I have been writing journal for quite some time now. I started my first journal without any clue as to what has to be written in it. My first few entries can be compared to random words thrown on a piece of paper. It lacked purpose and direction. But over time my thoughts have got organized and I exactly know the things that I want to write in my journal. The things that I write in my journal achieve at least one of the following:

1)      Make me smile
2)      Teach me a Lesson
3)      Make me feel confident
4)      Help me stick to a positive habit
5)      Track my progress in life
6)      Feel Gratitude

With an exception to No rules, the only required elements in writing are Honesty and Precision. This is because,it is only you who’s gonna revisit your history someday. And you can’t afford to have your memories being cheated by yourself.  As a writer, it’s curious to see how the quality of my writing goes up and down over time. There are some passages that I find gripping. The older I become, the more distance that I get from the person who wrote in the journal, and the more frequently I become surprised that I wrote what I’m reading.

Personally, writing serves as a way to keep my work and my life organized. I have a journal that I write in every single night and morning that helps me plan my days so that I don’t have to think about what it is I’m going to do in the morning and throughout the day. I create my routine for every morning, and at night I sit and dwell about what waking up early with a written routine really did for me. I think about the day I just had and what points of the day I simply wasn’t enjoying. I think about the best times of the day and what the contrast is between the moments I enjoy in life and the moments I don’t enjoy. It becomes routine after a while. It is like calling an old friend and talk to them or going through your favorite part of the day.

Writing in a journal is incredibly de-stressing. If there was something that just frustrated you that day, writing it out helps a lot. Rather than avoiding a problem, thinking about it can help you control your anger. Everything good that day can also help you go to sleep smiling if you write before bed. (Which is what I do.) After a long time of journaling, when you look back at previous writings, it makes you smile to see your funny handwriting or problems that seemed big that day, shrink into a funny story.

Let us discuss now, What does it feel like to regularly write in a journal or diary?

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10 thoughts on “Nothing matters but the writing

  1. First these journals are way too gorgeous. I used to write till a few years back and liked picking up cute stuffs, now somewhere the urge to write with a pen has disappeared, which is pretty sad. Yeah may be I should start writing again

  2. I used to write a diary when I was in school and I regret why did i leave it . While I have my workplace journal / diary for to do lists and thats really helpful I wish after some year s I will start writing my days journal. I will teach my son too to start writing a diary . Very nice theme of blogpost

  3. Oh..
    Lovely journals..
    One upon a time, I used to write a diary. It was never what I felt but things around me.
    It was funny then 🙂 But now, busy life and no writings.

    & writing does feel wonderful…pen & paper 🙂

  4. Your journals look fun and colourful, loved them. Once upon a time, i had the habit of maintaining a diary which soon disappeared over the growing years. Now my random thoughts go onto my blog.
    Lovely post!

  5. Writing in a journal is a bliss! In tough times when nobody is there, its that journal only which always acts as the support pack for you. A true friend in every phase of life! Keep writing! 🙂 Btw you have a beautiful collection of journals 🙂

  6. Hi Roms! I used to maintain a digital daily diary in my Evernote app, where I wrote down at least a thousand words daily. This was mainly a part of my ‘writing routine’ to grow as a writer. I was following the advice of Srinivas Rao after reading his inspiring journey here – https://unmistakableceo.com/how-writing-1000-words-a-day-changed-my-life-3895f4d045d2#.9x7echny6 and immediately purchased his book and began practicing what he suggested.

    I did that for over 3 months, at least punched a good 300,000 plus words during that phase. I journalled about my morning routine, where I was headed, my plan for the future, other thoughts, reflections etc. But as other work came, my focus moved away from writing and blogging, until recently, when Blogchatter brought back my focus.

    I still maintain a To Do list and a small diary which acts like an account book to tally the best moments of the day and the not so good ones. I was suggested this advice by a fellow meditator from Isha Foundation, who put it so brilliantly, “The highest moments of your day and the lowest, a tally of that makes your account book for life. In the end that is the life you have lived. So try to make each moment count, and make it the best one.”

    So the account book helps me strive towards more high moments..

    And of course it is really inspiring to read this article, especially coming from a fellow diarist, who is both a great writer and dedicated to her words. So that has revived the writing spirits in me… hence may be the long comment 🙂

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