Today's Personal Journals are Tomorrow's Bestsellers
Do you keep a personal journal? A notebook or computer file where you keep your most intimate thoughts and feelings? Did you know that it could be the seed for a bestseller. Or two.
First, consider all of the personal diaries that have later been published. Of course, this most often happens after the death of the writer, but you don't have to wait that long.
The second option is much less morbid.
Read back through your entries. Reconnect with what was going on in your own life and in the world at that time. Find a way to tie it into a current or timeless issue.
Want an example? Here you go.
In rereading something you wrote five years ago, you come upon a passage where you agonized over whether to go back to school.
Depending on your writing goals and your depth of experiences, your journal entries could result in a topic big enough to merit writing a book. Nonfiction books not only make the bestseller lists regularly, but they sell for a lot longer than fiction.
What if you don't keep a diary?
Now is as good a time as any to start. Don't worry, you don't have to write down every secret you carry or every feeling you experience. Instead, focus on hitting the high points.
At the end of each day, ask yourself:
Your responses don't have to be long or detailed. Just include enough information to allow you to recapture those moments at a later date.
Keeping a personal journal is not difficult. But it is a commitment. A commitment to yourself, to writing and to saving a bit of the past to share with the future.
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