Sunday, May 4, 2008

Journals - Spiritual Journey Writing

The journey of a soul begins with a single word.

Discover the value of keeping a journal that reflects some aspect of your spiritual development. This journal technique could include reflections on scriptures, Bible study and/or spiritual reading of any type.

It is also interesting to chronicle answered prayers, special blessings or other specific experiences that add to your spiritual growth.

The content of your spiritual journal could also become excellent source material for writing short articles and devotionals for publication.

For more tips on writing a devotional, check out the May 2008 Writer's Coach Corner in the Next-Step-of-Faith Newsletter.

Add your own tips on keeping a spiritual journal as comments to this blog.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Journal Writing - the Topical Way

Journal writing is a "BEST" experience for writers at all levels of publication. Many writers say they just don't get into the journal writing.

Find a way to make a journal experience that works for you. Let it appeal to your interests, fit into your lifestyle and add to your bank of material to use for writing projects.

I am keeping some journals by topic at this time. It helps me stay focused on my larger writing projects. I try to write for ten minutes a day on the topic. You can do this with just one topic, or in my case I have three right now.

I also surf around on my topic and print out relevant material. I sometimes copy short quotes and use that as a starting thought for my journal entry. I reflect on the idea and at the bottom I make note of questions I have for further research and/or consideration.

Try topical journal writing for one month and then let us know about your experience. You won't believe how much you have written!