Joys of Journal Writing

The long hot days of summer are fast upon us, and with them there will be time for sports, time for camp, time to dream, and time to do. Time to start a diary or journal?

A journal can be written for only yourself, to write down the things that are important to you: lists of favorites (music, t.v., and movies), pictures of friends and family, and, of course, your innermost thoughts. Fun times deserve to be remembered, and sometimes writing about a bad situation can help you deal with it better as you think it through on paper. That kind of journal is personal, and you may not wish to share it with anyone.

When a teacher assigns a journal, she may be looking for your reaction to things that happen in the news or in your community. If you are assigned to write a journal, your teacher should give you more specific guidelines. For those times when you want a jump start for journal ideas—either how to begin or what to put on your pages, we have some books and web sites with excellent suggestions for getting your writing to show the real you. 

In the Library

Writing Your Own Journal

A Book of Your Own: Keeping a Diary or Journal by Carla Stevens
Writing a journal may be an assignment, a joy, or both. There are many ideas here to get the creativity going plus good advice and examples from famous journal keepers Anne Frank, Louisa May Alcott, and others.

It's All About You: Writing Your Own Journal by Nancy Loewen
Tips and tools for the youngest journal writers. Part of the Writer's Toolbox series.

Writing Down the Days: 365 Creative Journaling Ideas for Young People by Lorraine M. Dahlstrom
Stuck for journal ideas? There are jumpstarts here for every day of the year from the realms of history, literature, and strange facts.

The Young Writer's Handbook by Susan J. Tchudi
A practical guide on all sorts of writing, including journals.

Diaries can be as interesting to read as they are to write. Check out our list, CRRL Kids: Dear Diary... for real-life, first-hand stories.