Here’s a piece I wrote for another of my blogs – Great Western Writers’ Network – but I thinks it’s as true for journaling as for any other type of writing.
As writers we know that the only way we can justify giving ourselves such a title is to write. Regularly. We know how dispiriting it is to tell people we’re a writer, only to then have to back track, when they ask their inevitable next question of what we’re writing, and explain that we’re just thinking about a novel or a story or a poem or an essay.
Just thinking about something doesn’t make us the doer. Thinking of becoming a brain surgeon does not qualify us to carry out life-critical operations. Thankfully. To borrow, and bastardise, a couple of extremely well-worn phrases: actions speak louder than words – especially when you haven’t written them yet; and usually, especially for writers, it’s not just the thought that counts.
Of course it’s easier when we’ve got a financial incentive to write. When we’re paid by the word to produce our copy there is an…
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