Writing is a deeply personal habit. There are plenty of ways to beat writer’s block, but if you want to get the words flowing and improve the quality of your writing, keep at least one journal you never intend for the world to see.
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The advice comes courtesy off Madeline L’Engle, author of the award-winning A Wrinkle in Time. She suggests keeping an unpublishable journal, where you can place unfiltered thoughts. Having the outlet allows you to process what you’re thinking or write down ideas without having to shoehorn them into the “correct” format or an acceptable form.
First, if you want to write, you need to keep an honest, unpublishable journal that nobody reads, nobody but you. Where you just put down what you think about life, what you think about things, what you think is fair and what you think is unfair.
You can keep the journal in a written or digital format, so long as it’s kept private. And, of course, while the purpose of the journal is to be unfiltered, if you’re going to write something so offensive it might threaten your career if it got out, be sure to protect it from prying eyes.