The school year has ended and so has the responsibility of homework, studying for tests, and after school activities. This is a great time to pick up a notebook and start a journal. Record your daily activities like walking the family dog, having fun at camp, swimming in the town pool or catching fireflies at sunset. This is a great way to keep your mind sharp and don’t forget the details! You may need them one day in a story you write.
Although teens have more time to journal during the summer, journaling is a writer’s resource year round. A journal can be anything you want it to be. An account of your life is one way to go, but a popular alternative is ‘bullet journaling.’ This is an easy way to list goals, dreams, important events, things that interest you, movies you want to watch- the lists are endless! Sometimes a journal with no particular theme is nice to have as well, a mish-mash of uncompleted stories, lines of prose, and random ideas can keep you inspired throughout the day.
Not everything has to be typed up and polished for publication. Some writing is written for the writer. Journals are safe place to rant and rave without others being made aware about your personal thoughts. Many writers find it important to keep these written topics private. One way to accomplish this is to write in a marble notebook and drive home the school assignment line to keep friend’s and family’s curiosity at bay. Keep in mind that being overly secretive about a notebook’s content can increase suspicions, so it’s a good idea to be open about one’s writing and let people know if you don’t want them reading over your shoulder.