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Are There Journal Writing Rules?

I believe there are no absolute rules for how or when you keep your journal. I have kept my journal since 1969 and I have been through a variety of phases.  I have discovered that I want to change the way I write and my writing tools occasionally.  

I have done each of the following:

Write at a specific time every day

Write a specific amount every day

Write whenever I feel like it

Write as much or as little as I feel like writing in the moment

Write on special occassions

Take a sabatical from my journal

Carry my journal with me everywhere and write a little bit every chance I get

Keep my journal in a special place and write only in that special place

Write without using any words

Principles I Write By

What I have learned about the rules of keeping a journal from my own experience can be distilled down to three simple principles:

Date each entry to keep things in perspective.  At the time I am writing, it doesn't matter if I add the date, but when I look back over my journal, it helps me to see when I wrote each entry.

Write when and how you want.  I frequently change writing tools and find it gives me a different outlook.  Each time I have forced myself to write, the writing has become dry.  I'd rather quit writing before I felt finished than force myself to write when I don't want to.

Always tell the truth.  Why bother to write if you aren't going to be honest with yourself?

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Last updated on: Saturday, December 15, 2007 4:44 PM