A Book Journal – Why Writers Should Keep One

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Why Keep A Book Journal?

A book journal is a boone for aspiring authors. Reading is essential for writers. Reading a variety of genres about different cultures, perspectives, and ways of life exposes a writer to new ideas and concepts they may have never thought of before. But reading is just one part of the equation. If you want to become a better writer, you also need to be intentional about reflecting on what you’ve read.

This is where a book journal comes in. A book journal is a place where you can write down your thoughts, feelings, and reactions to the books you’ve read. It can be a simple notebook or a more elaborate journal with sections for different types of entries.

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Benefits of Keeping A Book Journal/

  • It helps you remember what you’ve read. When you read a book, it’s easy to forget the details. But if you write down your thoughts and reactions as you go, you’ll be able to remember the book much more easily. This is especially helpful if you’re reading for research or if you want to be able to discuss the book with others.
  • It helps you think critically about what you’ve read. When you write about a book, you’re forced to think about it more deeply. You’ll start to ask questions about the characters, the plot, the themes, and the author’s purpose. This kind of critical thinking can help you become a better writer yourself.
  • It helps you develop your own writing style. As you write about the books you’ve read, you’ll start to develop your own unique voice. You’ll learn what you like to write about and how you like to express yourself. This can be a valuable asset as you develop your own writing style.
  • It provides inspiration for your own writing. When you read a book that you love, it can spark your own creativity. You may find yourself thinking about new ideas for your own writing or seeing the world in a new way. A book journal is a great place to capture these ideas and inspiration so that you can use them later.

How To Start A Book Journal

  • Start simple. You don’t need to have a fancy journal or write long, elaborate entries. Just start by writing down the title, the author, and your basic thoughts and reactions to the books you’ve read.
  • Be specific. Don’t just say that you liked or didn’t like a book. What, exactly, did you like or dislike about it? What did the book make you think about?
  • Be honest. Don’t be afraid to write about the things you didn’t like about a book. This is your journal, so you can be as honest as you want.
  • Have fun. Keeping a book journal should be enjoyable. If you’re not having fun, you’re less likely to stick with it.

Additional Tips

  • Start each entry with a brief summary of the book. This will help you remember what you read and make it easier to find specific information later.
  • Write down any questions you have about the book. This could be anything from plot points to character motivations.
  • Highlight passages that you found particularly interesting or meaningful. You can then refer back to these passages later when you’re writing about the book.
  • Don’t be afraid to get creative. You can draw pictures, doodle, or add collages to your book journal.
  • Share your book journal with others. This is a great way to connect with other readers and get their feedback on your thoughts and reactions.

I hope I have convinced you of the importance of keeping a book journal. If you’re a writer, I encourage you to give it a try. You may be surprised at how much you get out of it.

Liz Brenner

Liz Brenner

Everyone has a story to tell.

Even you.

Especially you.

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