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What is a Journal?

A journal is a series of writings done by a person in response to daily life. It contains descriptions of events and reflections about the events.  I make a distinction between a journal and a diary.  I consider a diary to contain a description of the events of the day.  A journal may contain these descriptions, but it also contains your reflections on the events, and your feelings about them.  It doesn't matter what you call your writing, either a diary or journal, as long as you understand the distinction between these two ways of writing.

When a person becomes aware that their life is a spiritual journey, their journal becomes the travelogue of their personal experiences along their journey. Even people who travel along the same organized religious path have unique and individual spiritual paths because each person's spiritual path is based upon their own experience.

How A Journal Is Different

I used to believe that what separated a journal from all other types of writing is that a journal is not written for an audience.  It is a private writing that is done because it helps the writer.  However, since starting my online journal, I have come to understand that a journal may sometimes have an audience.  I still believe that a journal isn't written for the audience, even if it has one.

I also believe that journal entries are different from creative writing efforts.   Many writers use their journal as a sort of writing equivalent of a drawing sketchpad.  And, many people use entries from their journal to develop into creative writing projects.  Even so, I believe that I make a journal entry because I need to clear my mind and heart, not because I have a finished writing project in mind.  I make that distinction about the purpose of the writing at the time it was written.

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Last updated on: Saturday, December 15, 2007 4:48 PM