I am here to talk to you about something that I think every writer should have...the writing journal! I know that I have seen some other bloggers talk about this once in a while, but I thought I would share with you the perks of having a writing journal, and also what you can put into it.:D
This is my writing journal! You might want to go out to a store and buy a special notebook especially for this specific subject, and maybe get some nice pens and colored markers while you are out, too, just for that extra something.:D
The writing journal is amazing for so many reasons, but I just love having a private book for your writerly needs, where you can put everything in and not feel weird. It's your writing place that only you get to read.:)
Okay, onto what you can use your journal for-
You can use it for cataloging all of the names you like, so you will never run out of names for your characters!:)
I also have a list of substitute words for the word "said" in mine, because I know I can be sitting at the computer trying to think of a good word for how someone said something for forever.;)
You can write down all of your story ideas and current works in progresses. I like to put down on paper all of my ideas so that when I am lacking inspiration or direction with my story, I can come back to it and figure out what should happen next.:)
It also really helps when you are first getting a story idea and you can write everything that is popping up in your head as quickly as it's coming to you.:)
That is also why I want to say this to the people that are thinking, well I just use the Notes app on my phone-
Phones are not as good as a journal!
Phones can't keep up with all of your onslaughts of creative ideas that you get for a story. With all of the typing errors, auto-correct completely changing the words you write, and etc., it's just not as good as when you are actually writing it yourself.
Phones don't give you the same creative feeling you get when you have a journal solely for keeping your ideas.
Books are just better for brainstorming, in my opnion.;D
This is sort of apart of the story ideas topic, but more for your characters.;)
You can write down all of your character's personality, character flaws, looks, body language, secrets, fears, anything and everything you need to know about your character.:) And not only for actual characters you are now writing, but you can put in ideas for future characters. Like if you see a person at the mall and you really like their coloring, or nose, or hair texture and want that for a character, you can write it down so you can remember!:)
And my last idea, writing down writing prompts that you come up with! Like this one I thought of when it happened to me! I was reading a library book when a piece of paper came out and I grabbed it and read it, I mean, how could you not? LOL! It was a printed out email from some person asking about this special summer class.;) Although what the paper said wasn't exactly inspiring, it was really interesting and I immediately got the idea of what else the paper could have said.:) So I wrote this down for a future short story, story, or book.:D
I hope you liked this post and if you make a writing journal, I would love to see how you like it.:)
I made a Star Wars tutorial a little bit ago, but I am not sure how good it is. I haven't ever been the best at teaching or instructing people to draw because I am kind of all over the place and not at all orderly, but, that being said, I feel better knowing everyone knows that now.;) I am sure that I will get better the more I do tutorials and figure out how to make it easier for others.:D