Your Journal Helps You to Achieve Your Goals.
Your journal helps you to plan your life, and your writing.
Let’s say you’ve set a goal to have a magazine article published in a major magazine later this year, in time to promote your new book. You set the goal. However, if you have no magazine contacts, you’re likely to send out a few desultory queries. When you get no response, you think: “silly idea,” and leave it at that.
On the other hand, when you journal about this, you’re making it much more real to yourself. You write about the prestige of magazine publication, and that it may help book sales. The article becomes real to you, and you become enthusiastic. You chat about it with a couple of friends. One day an editor calls you, telling you that another editor gave her your name. You’ve been journaling ideas for magazine articles, so off the top of your head, you pitch three ideas. She picks one… and you’re contracted to write the article – before your book is published.