I finished this book earlier in the week. I loved this part where she talks about journaling. It is so much of my feelings toward journaling, which is a practice I have recently picked back up.
One of the most helpful tools a writer has is his journals. Whenever someone asks how to become an author, I suggest keeping a journal… a journal… is a place where you can unload, dump, let go. It is, among other practical things, a safety valve. If I am in the slough of despond, if I am in a rage, if I am, as so often, out of proportion and perspective, then, once I have dumped it all in the journal, I am able to move from subjectivity to objectivity, and my family has been spared one of Madeleine’s excessive moods. A journal is also a place in which joy gets recorded, because joy is too bright a flame in me not to burn if it doesn’t get expressed in words.
I am currently reading Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist.
This post by Sarah Bessey for finding space, time, and inspiration for writing came at just the right time!
He works hard and he tries with all that he has. I will do everything I can to ensure that he knows that his words matter. And that I am so proud.