BECAUSE of the reflective nature of personal journal writing, it can have a meditative, sacred quality to it. For this reason, I recommend having a special place for your journal writing. It doesn’t need to contain fancy furnishings, but the best place to write is where you are will not be distracted, that feels good to you, a place all to yourself where you can write regularly.
In his book On Writing, Stephen King said: “… most of us do our best in a place of our own. Until you get one, you’ll find your new resolution to write a lot harder to take seriously. … and it really needs only one thing: a door which you are willing to shut.”
Many journal writers like to write in coffee houses, parks, and other public places. These are all very good for occasional writing, but to write from those really deep places in your heart you need solitude.
Do you have that special place in your home? A place where you can close the door and create a writing ritual (light a candle, meditate, or whatever works for you) that is all your own? If so, take a moment and leave a comment to tell other Writing Through Life readers about your space. And if you haven’t carved out a space all your own, I encourage you to take some today to claim a corner of your home just for you.