This is our second excerpt from our chapter on journaling from, “Success, Your Path to a Successful Book,” by Maralyn D. Hill and Brenda C. Hill.
Journaling has been a straight path to the freedom we enjoyed as children… doing and saying whatever we pleased.
This may sound simple… the voyage to the interior. Find a quiet corner, preferably in a sacred space, like a garden or a small cafe. Then put your pen to paper and be open for infinite possibilities. If you only write one word, it can be a powerful beginning for a thought… or a future book.
Writing through journaling can be extremely painful and difficult. This is why it is not for everyone.
Yet, once the heart and mind connect to the pen and paper, or to the computer, it is difficult to stop. The sensation of success may feel like the death roar of thunder, or a leaf falling silently on soft snow. But you will know… you cannot return to life without your best friend. In journaling there is no place to hide… especially from yourself.
Authentic journals take more than time. They demand the best of you. And, this is what makes you a successful writer.
Journaling has the power to enlighten, enrich, restore, heal and unite us. It has the power to separate us from loneliness.
Journaling enables us to express love, joy and laughter, as well as sadness, anger, fear and hurt hiding inside. It can help heal wounds and allow moving forward. Journaling provides a tool to discover and better understand oneself.