Keeping a journal and writing in a diary do not have to mean the same thing, they can however, share a certain set of qualities. While keeping a diary is mainly focused on current feelings and documenting life events, a writer's journal can be so much more.
Just as an artist is never seen without their sketchbook, a writer should have a place to document their thoughts. Creative types, writers in specific, often have many people vying for attention in their heads all at once and the only way to silence their racket is to write them out. The imaginary adventures I take with my friends is some of the best and most rewarding time I've spent and even after our adventures end, the experiences linger, begging for an outlet, using a journal, I can take mini adventures as often as I please.
Journals can be in many forms; loose sheets on notebook paper, an ongoing word processing document, stickies notes scattered on a cork board, or a high quality notebook. Whatever inspires the author should be embraced. A journal can also be a place to express the visual creativity or brainstorming an author needs. Plot diagrams, family trees, floor plans, or even photographs taped in can help inspire and trigger more writing.
What are your favorite haunts for inspiration, writing prompts and anything else writing related? Leave your favorites in the comments below.
Also, if you've got an epic looking journal, share that too! Who knows, you may inspire others to get creative with theirs.