Five Reasons to Journal and Three Authors

Helps Achieve Your Goals

Writing down your goals has proven to help bring the reality of them into your scope. It can help you create a map or a design with a trail to follow to achieve your goals. The more details added to how you can reach your goals will increase the chances of them coming true.

Happiness and Mindfulness

Some folks are lucky and have the ability to be mindful or hyper self-aware when they choose. For others, they tend to live from their hearts rather than their minds. Journaling helps you enter a state of active awareness; of yourself, your feelings of the future, past or present, and can sometimes help with the practice of being aware of others. When issues can be resolved on paper or emotions simply understood by writing them down, stress, anxiety, angst, whatever it is upon your shoulders can be lifted off so you may enjoy happiness within yourself.

Healing and Restorative

Many therapists recommend to their patients to keep a journal and write in it regularly. Well heck, I say why don’t we all get journals and write in them regardless! Whatever it is that we write about is a path towards healing ourselves and letting go of anything that sits on our chests that we don’t want there. For some, journaling is a grounding process and can help them see their thoughts or feelings so they can either change them or create something new. You will experience a restoration of yourself once you have processed physical, psychological and emotional pain. Journals are often kept after being filled and sometimes we may decide to re-read, or not at all. Whether, you keep your journals in a bookshelf, a bin in your basement or burn them after they’re full, you have contributed to your well-being simply by writing.


Emotional Maturity

As self-aware as some of us would like to present ourselves, generally we are not always familiar with every single emotion and triggers which cause them to resurface or be constant. Some go through periods of journaling to help themselves through a rough patch; the great thing about journaling is that it’s between you and your works. Write down your negative feelings, lash out in anger or be bitingly sarcastic. By writing our feelings and thoughts in our personal journals sometimes the words come flawlessly to the pen rather than the tongue. It’s a great process for understand yourself and being able to emotionally grow.


Have you had those moments when a brilliant idea or an intense thought briefly enters your mind, and you tell yourself that you will remember it later on? And later on, you have realized you have forgotten? Yup, me too. Wouldn’t it have been helpful to have a journal on hand so you could write these moments of brilliance down immediately? Why not carry a small pocket journal daily?

Artists keep journals to for many reasons, and if you need further encouragement to buy your own journal, here are three authors who kept journals.


Franz Kafka, a modernist writer of the early twentieth century whose works had elements of existentialism, guilt, alienation and extreme anxiety. He is the author of The Metamorphosis, The Judgment, and Contemplation.

   “In the diary you find proof that in situations which today would seem unbearable, you lived, looked around and wrote down observations, that this right hand moved then as it does today, when we may be wiser because we are able to look back upon our former condition, and for that very reason have got to admit the courage of our earlier striving in which we persisted even in sheer ignorance,” –The Diaries of Franz Kafka, 1910-1923.

Susan Sontag was not only a writer, she was a political activist and film-maker too. Some of her works are The Volcano Lover, Promised Lands and Under the Sign of Saturn.

“In the journal I do not just express myself more openly than I could to any person; I create myself. The journal is a vehicle for my sense of selfhood. It represents me as emotionally and spiritually independent. Therefore (alas) it does not simply record my actual, daily life but rather — in many cases — offers an alternative to it,” –Reborn: Journals & Notebooks, 1947-1963.

Jonathan Franzen is an essayist and novelist specializing in literary fiction. He’s the author of Perchance to Dream, Freedom, and The Corrections.

   “I had started keeping a journal, and I was discovering that I didn’t need school in order to experience the misery of appearances. I could manufacture excruciating embarrassment in the privacy of my bedroom, simply by reading what I’d written in the journal the day before,” –The Discomfort Zone: A Personal History.



Written by Elanda-Isabella Atencio. She is the founder, editor-in-chief, editor of fiction and web designer of Independent Noise. She writes experimental prose, short stories and is currently working on a novel. @elanda_m.


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