Does journaling make you a better writer?

Hartmut Lüders
It makes a better journaler, if you do it well. I think it may have beneficial effects on other types of writing, but, having extensive experience with journaling, as well as writing poetry, short stories, essays, and novels, your biggest returns come from practicing the form of writing you’re trying to get better at.

Cathy Morgan
I believe that it does. It enables you to practice writing while also exploring motivations and getting to know your psychology better. Journaling is also a great way to generate and formulates ideas for things to write about!

Judith Watkins
I think it does because it makes me practice writing every day and allows me.to develop my thoughts on a piece of paper

Darlene Rivera
In a way it does. but more importantly, I find that it does two things for me. 1) it gives me a release when my world spins out of control and 2) it gives me a better understanding of myself, my thoughts, my feelings, and my emotions.

Edwin Banks
Any kind of writing will make you better writer but try being varied, trying different styles, as you journal if becoming better writer is your goal. Journaling can also make you better writer in the sense that you get the rawest emotions out. After that it can feel easier to write about things in a less vulnerable, more eloquent way. I for example moved with certain topics from journaling to slightly biographical stories and finally to fantasy stories with reality mixed in. The last ones I’m more able to write in a way someone else MIGHT even want to read. That’s the way journaling develops your ability to view things as a writer.

Marius Kristensen
For me journaling allows me to get the thoughts racing through my head on paper. It helps clear my mind to then focus on the most important tasks of the day knowing nothing will be forgotten. In a way it clears the trivial from the important tasks meaning that often journal items are either added to to do list later or just forgotten. Since I write the way my brain flows I don't think I could use it for writing a story.

Filippa Kristensen
I am not sure about that, however it certainly gets things off your chest and allows you to reflect on your experiences.

Madison Hernandez
Being able to transfer your thoughts and feelings into different formats is a valuable talent to learn. Whether into art or literature it is in my opinion a highly desirable ability to learn. So yes, anything that provides practice in learning to better articulate your thoughts and ideas is sure to be valuable.

Mélina Le gall
That depends why you journal. If it is for reflection and actions then not necessarily but if you are doing it to allow creative thought then possibly. The best way to learn to write is to read. It will teach you about what works. Writing for yourself is fine but writing for others takes courage to show what you wrote and accept and gratefully receive any critique without anger

Abbie Silva
i don’t think it makes me a better writer but it sure helps with me clear my head of all my thoughts. then I organize them but I don’t use eloquent words for writing.

Cathy Kelley
Not inherently. It does help build you up to becoming a better writer overtime. Every day you write a small paragraph, it expands your brains functioning and improves your use of vocabulary. You will also notice your writing style reflects your emotions to whatever you are reflecting on.

Jonas Brun
I'm not a writer and my handwriting has not changed for the better in the time I'm journaling. But it does allow you to think about your day, the nice and less nice parts and write down what bothers you. This creates a space in my mind that I can now fill with more urgent things instead of being focused and occupied with.