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Journaling as a Kickstart to Article Writing

By Edited Jan 24, 2016 1 3

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Do you have the articles writing blues? Has the "not write, no good at it writers remorse" set in? No worries, every writer comes down with it. The make money writing articles dream gets sour for most marketers. A great solution to get fresh material and self confidence back in writing is to practice journaling.

Eventually kickstart journaling can lead to freelance article writing. I consider myself a freelance writer, although I have committed to writing for ezine magazines. I did publish in a writer's magazine once. It was a surprise to me to get published for the article I wrote about- a new bookstore (sadly the bookstore didn't survive the economic changes and has gone out of business). The local event was written about via an interview with the manager, and was accompanied by a photo of the entry to the bookstore which I also got paid for. The surprise I mentioned was because I had been trying to get my children's stories published, and the rejection notices (from magazines) just kept coming. So, for some reason I switched to an adult non-fiction article and I got published immediately. That told me something about my skills, and especially about further possibilities.

This experience is a parallel to journaling surprises. Article writing jobs are hard to get, so ezine article writing to share info or promote something is another way to not only get published, but promote your writing, and earn Google adsense income. The way to find out about what your surprise or inner writer is about is by journaling. It's like trying something different to get at the core of the truth of your words. Like I tried something different and got published and paid.

Remember, you own your journal, it is yours to write anyway you see fit at any time and for however long you choose. You can practice timed writing where you don't allow yourself to lift pen or pencil. Actually set a timer and begin a stream of words that can't allow any grammar or other worries to interrupt the practice. You'll be amazed at how fast the time passes and how many words flow out. It doesn't have to make sense or be in any orderly fashion. Those painstaking editing musts can be done later when you write an article from a choice bit you wrote in the timed writing.

Journaling leads to so much more writing, and insights into what you really do know about. Sometimes you can just write a word or few, then circle them, and draw a line from it to the next word that enters your mind. Do this enough around your first circle and you've created a sunburst of words. This is also called a clustering. It's an amazing journal practice that can allow for just the wandering word walk that you may have needed. That's okay to just write sunbursts, remember it is your journal. You don't need to share it. No one is grading you on it, or pressuring you to do it their way. You put the pressure on yourself, and you can take it off yourself by just doing sunbursts. Some days that is all you can do, and it has to be enough. You got words down on paper. You wrote. You journaled your way.

A more formal journaling day could be just describing. That's right, just use all your senses and describe the event that is now a delicious memory. Once I entered a writing contest that had to be very short (under 200 words), and it had to have all the senses describing something. As I recall, I wrote about peeling an orange. I found the description not too long ago when I was going through loads of old miscellaneous writings that I had saved. I was surprised because it was very sensual, even a bit sexual, and I had forgotten all about it. Of course I never heard from the contest providers, so I didn't place in any win position, but I entered, I gave it a shot. The journal writing provides glimpses of memory. A secret childhood fort that can only be described using all the senses. Maybe it turns out darker, and even creepy, it doesn't matter. That darkness may lead to an image of "what if it had been this way instead." Then the describing can totally be an imaginary use of the senses, writing the dark into light and creating a story or article line somewhere amidst the description.

Occasionally my journaling has questions, lots of questions. "Why did that all controlling jerk get to me?" "Just how many universes within universes are there?" "Are there really only 2 people on earth and do they just keep manifesting selves so schizophrenia is the norm?" You get the gist of it. These deep questions can keep the journal writing flowing forward. Here's an example: Is life maybe leading me in a crooked pathway? The twists n turns are just so ego puncturing. If only they could take me on a wild trip of oceans n beaches n whales n full moons, sunny warm startling energetic days. Where the writing flows from me and my words help others as well as me. Onward to a great loving place where monsters and angels live in peace and the unseen is always Holy. A sacred ness.

That is an example of uncensored writing which is a great way to get to the inner writer via journaling. I look back at that entry and I notice the capitalization of "Holy" and the division of the word sacredness. It attracts me enough to take note of the journal entry date in the front of the journal, because it may be something I can use in an article. I always date my journal entries, so when, eventually I have the guts to re-read my stuff, I have a reference for a surprise sentence or rambling that speaks to me.

Writing an article from a journal entry is the kickstart to getting out of the "I suck at this" syndrome. The writing organism is just that, a live voice that wants to be heard. Kickstart journaling allows for the anti-aging to begin because somewhere in the journaling is the truth of your true voice - an ageless truth.

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Jan 4, 2011 6:40pm
Journaling is an interesting way to come up with writing ideas! I never thought of it in that way, but I can see how inspiring it could be.
Jan 4, 2011 8:02pm
Most people experiencing writer's block don't think that more writing is going to help them, especially unrelated writing. But as you point out, it really does.
Jan 6, 2011 9:00pm
Thanks Deborah and diva. I like to share where I get inspired to continue this journey. Your comments are helpful!
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