The benefits of journalling

I have been journalling now for a number of years, on and off.  I have found recently I can manage to get entries for most days, and manage to get a good wordcount down.

Admittedly, it isn’t the best prose, by any means, but it is achieveing two things to my mind;

One, I am writing on a semi regular basis.  Not sufficient ideally, for me the aim is daily writing.  In addition, it’s not a wide variety of styles.

Two, if you do the maths, you can see how much writing is possible.  I saw from the writing time and wordcount statistics in Word that I was able to write 1,500 words an hour, drafting speed.  I was planning on an hour of writing per day, six days a week, so that would be 9,000 a week, 468,000 a year.

OK, let’s be realistic.  This is draft text, assuming no blocks, personal or technical disasters and the like.  Rewrites, research and everything else is on top.  But even if I only produce a quarter of that, it’s still over 100,000 words a year of raw text, for 6 hours a week.  Not bad.

So, journalling keeps you writing and shows you how much you can potentially achieve.  It can also be used as a source of ideas for furture work.  What’s there not to like?

Do you journal, and if so, how often and how useful is it?

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