In these days of Twitter and Facebook and the like, where every thought can be recorded and shared, is there a need for journaling? In response, consider the following words: Catharsis. Comfort. Insight. Clarity. Self-awareness. Goals. Joys. Memories. Focus. Explore. Therapy. Friendship. Mindfulness. Creativity.
All these words are mentioned in connection with the act of keeping a journal, of writing regularly, if not daily, about your thoughts and observations, your struggles and triumphs, your personal interactions both positive and negative. Journals are the raw musings on life.
John Adams, second US president, kept a journal, as did Marie Curie, Bob Dylan, Joseph Goebbels, George S. Patton, Charles Darwin, Winston Churchill, and Queen Victoria . . .
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M.K. Tod writes historical fiction and blogs about all aspects of the genre at A Writer of History. Her latest novel, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE is set in WWI France and is available from Amazon, Nook, Kobo, Google Play and iTunes. Her debut novel, UNRAVELLED: Two wars. Two affairs. One marriage. is also available from these retailers.