Sometimes it is easy to forget why we write. The act of writing can deplete us of the energy to stay inspired and encouraged. Remembering why we write generally shows itself to us when someone congratulates us or thanks us for a book or article that inspired them. Still, you have to stay inspired. Journaling can be a great help.
Thankfully, there is more than one way to journal. We can open up our laptops or tablets and type away or we can write on paper in longhand, and now we can open an app on our smartphones to record our thoughts.
Most of us struggle with the time to journal, but you don’t have to do it daily, just do it. Here are some questions to ask yourself as you type or record your personal thoughts on writing:
- When did I first realize I wanted to be a writer?
- Who was the first person to tell me to write and why?
- Where was I when I first sat down to actually write for the pleasure of it?
- How many muses do I have? Who and what are the people and things that motivate me to write?
- Why do I like telling stories?
- What are my favorite types of stories to tell?
- What do I want my readers to learn from my writing?
- What do I need to do this better?
These are a few questions but if you’re in pursuit of inspiration, more will come to you as you journal. Writing is a love affair that can stale like any long-term relationship, and it requires just as much nurturing to keep the romance alive. Journaling is a way to stay in love and not the act itself, but rather the answers that are revealed during the act.