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Journaling Sucks

  • It has been told, time and time again, journaling is one way to help heal writer's block, and it has been told journaling is therapeutic and good for the mind, body, and spirit. If one was "hypnotic writing," "going into auto mode," or "brainstorming," I wouldn't disagree with using a journal for this purpose. However, not everyone finds journaling their thing. As for me, I am not down for journaling writing prompts or story starters. I always felt journaling was written for one's self to vent, write about something exciting, or anything that involves one's personal life. How is writing about things, most sacred and very personal, prompts for creative writing? In my viewpoint, they're not. There are three reasons why journaling sucks, and why it may not be for everyone. (I cannot speak for others, but I can speak from my experiences.) The three reasons why journaling is not a writer's block healing element are because they can get lost or tossed permanently, they're not secure or private from the eyes of others, and it actually can trivialise pain, anguish, or over-enthisiasm. Therefore, writing a journal may not be therapeutic to those who cannot seem to get past the feelings of toxicity.
     
         It is true most people have a safe of some sort, a filing cabinet, or some security device to hide and keep safe all the journals, but sometimes water damage from a leaky roof can happen. When this happens, the pages become soggy, and the ink bleeds straight through. Therefore, the journals would be useless and the person would have to throw it away. Sometimes, a person can get access to the security device against your will. (This applies with the second reason, later explained). For example, if a person had to relocate for whatever reason, with no choice but to leave the journals behind, the other person can find a way to bust the lock, reset the passcode, etc., and either read what was written or throw it away. This is a major disadvantage in keeping journals. I had about six to eight hardback blank and ruled journals, dating four years of entries. When I had to abruptly leave a toxic situation, all that was written from my higher power through my left hand went into a bonfire of waste. I was devastated about it for a very long time, until I realized that I didn't need those journals or them words anymore. Yet I felt very burned out from starting all over. I have tried many attempts and failed. That's when I saw a red flag journaling may not be my writing forte'. 
     
         The second reason journaling sucks is because they're not as secure from the eyes of others. As mentioned, there are many ways a person can secure their journals and keep them protected. As also mentioned, there are those who cannot seem to help themselves and will do anything they can to gain access to the person's sacred written space. Of course, there are journals with locks and keys, and there are journal or diary apps, now, that give a user the option to create a password for their eyes. I would also recommend, Microsoft OneNote. It is great the journal/diary apps have the user have a secret password/passcode, and it is also well and good some journals (handwritten ones) have a key and lock. But that does not always protect the user. If a person owned a handwritten journal with a lock and key, let's hope it is hidden well, and the key is secretly placed where no one knows where it is. If the person becomes careless with this simple but important instruction, the consequences of another person finding the key and opening the journal to read are possible. If a person owned a journal/diary app, with their own created password/passcode, it does not mean another person did not rubberneck the user to get the password/passcode. Also, it does not mean apps don't get hacked or glitchy, either. At times, when these things occur, it is a complete wipeout on that tide. This is because the user will lose all that was written and kept, the user will have to play email tennis with the app support team, or the user will have to start all over again. These things do happen. This was why I recommended Microsoft OneNote. When you click on the link, located near the beginning of this paragraph, you can see all the awesome features it has for journaling and a little bit more. Also, there are people in this world who are miserable enough to pry through someone else's sacred written space. The reasons could be from a few to many, but these reasons for them are excuses to us. These are the kind of people who, in truth, have no satisfying life, the kind of people who desires to find misery and chaos and feed from it off others, and these are the kind of people who feel they have no story. These are the kinds of people we have to keep an eye out for, and this is why the person should protect their scared written space, at all costs. I made the mistake of leaving out one of my handwritten journals, and my ex-roommates had to read every single word poured. In my eyes, that is one of the lowest things a person can do. I think back now how glad I was they read every word because it was true she was a vindictive, slick, miserable, bitch. And it was true he was manipulative, a pathological liar, and a sexual deviant. It is funny how the truth hurts, as it did when the words read loud and clear. I didn't realize how many nerves I struck, and I regret to this day being associated with people like them. So, this is the second reason why journaling sucks!!!
     
         The final reason journaling is not the type of dance partner to tango with is because it's boring and too personal, or at least its prompts, and it is not as therapeutic for some people. I ended up getting bored of it because I didn't feel like getting in touch with my feelings, or I didn't feel like writing down the boring repetitive events of my day. I felt these topics go on and on. If a person writes more about their pain and anguish, then it's only trivulising the person's pain. If a person writes about the repetitive day to day events, then its only boring the writer's block victim. It's a no-win situation, pardon the cliche'. I've researched tons of writing prompts, and a majority of them regarded either soul-searching or ways to get in touch with your feelings. I feel some are cool to write about and share publicly, but I feel most of them are prompts for healing and not writing. I like to write about things informative, imaginative, creative, and insightful. I am what the writing ecosystem name, a "generalized writer," or "versatile writer." I am open to write on a variety of things, especially nonfiction. In fiction, I am learning again. I have forgotten what it felt like to let my imagination go and write what was needed to. In poetry, I could brush up on my narrative and lyrical poetry (or songwriting), and prose. Also, I would like to get my hands into writing screenplays in the near to distant future. The most detailed form of writing, but it can be fun!
     
         Here were the three reasons why journaling sucks, when it comes to writing prompts that are fun, out-of-the-box, and fictional. Story starters are awesome, as well. Using a word processor is much better than writing these prompts by hand, and you don't need to keep it sacred. Journaling is for healing, writing is for breathing!
     

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