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Opening up into the world of writing, many discover journaling is an incredibly healing wellness practice, helpful for guiding you to revealing greater clarity, goal definition, and personal development in your life. Unleashing a poetic flow of thoughts is therapeutic, however, the challenge of writer's block happens to the best of us at times. Many of us may find ourselves struggling with finding interesting topics to write about or not being completely authentic in your writing voice. The struggle is real, yet it's only temporary. Continuing to contemplate your unique writing style develops greater confidence. Teaming up with Author and Featured Contributor, Candace Waller, we're sharing insider insight for aspiring writers to learn how to transform yourself personal journal author to published book author.
Transform Yourself from Personal Journal Author to Published Book Author
Setting an example as self-published author of her debut novel, What Goes Around Comes Around, Candace received her Masters in Digital Publishing from New York University and since has published hundreds of newspaper articles and has written several articles for Black Enterprise magazine. Devoting daily periods of time to not only writing her forthcoming novel, Lessons I've Learned from Loving You, (October 2021), a considerable amount of attention to networking and marketing her work. Aside from writing as a purist, putting pen to paper in a notebook, technology considerably simplifies the writing process with the ease of use of Microsoft Word and Google Drive.
Do you find journaling to feel tedious or fail to see the benefit of keeping a journal? Consider a mindset adjustment by taking a few moments to meditate, focusing on mindfulness before beginning to write. Reflect on how you're feeling, your struggles, your successes, and your writing plans. Create a mindset of gratefulness, positivity, and kindness before you start writing. Waller has found success in developing a story outline and detailed character sketches to reduce the frustration of "writer's block".
While many authors benefit from outlining their works-in-progress or journaling about their day, these practices aren't ideal for everyone. Popular ideas for daily journal writing include-
To Do Lists
Business Plan Lists
Self Care Ideas
Places to See List
Money Saving Goals
Your journaling routine should feel natural. Writing is a developmental process phased into five steps- Planning, Researching, Drafting, Revising/Editing, and Publishing. Establishing a writing routine to spark your creative talents is a matter of personal preference. Adapting and defining your ideal path to creating your masterpiece begins by simply taking action- just write!
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