You won’t believe the unlikely moments and places where writing ideas come out. So here I will talk of some benefits of having a dream journal or simply a journal.
Writing ideas, when they come, are like fireworks. A great display of splendor and beauty. Your brain excites in the brilliance of it. Just as fireworks, ideas linger a while and then a few moments later, they’re gone!
I posted a link of my previous article on tips of overcoming the writer’s block. Link is here: http://writinghood.com/writing/help-i-want-to-write/, then one of my friends in Facebook had commented that he does not believe in the existence of writer’s block. He said that a writer is either a gusher, a bleeder or a popper.
A gusher is someone whose ideas just come rushing out whenever he sits to write. If you are a gusher it would be to your advantage if you have a ready medium to write out you ideas. If you happen to be facing your computer when you want to write, well and good. But, if you are nowhere near a computer, then a journal would definitely help. We all would want the gushing to become spilling, but we don’t want anything spilled undocumented, right?
The bleeder is someone who needs much preparation and research before writing. You would have to be a bleeder if you are on to academic writing. Academic write-ups needs to be well researched and properly referenced. There would be instances when our research for information will bring us to unlikely sources, so it would be good if we could scribble down those sources for ease of access when we go back to them. Here again we see that a journal will be helpful. Putting academic writing aside, a journal would help a bleeder a lot to write down his researched information especially if he could not yet organize them.
I actually read it first as “pooper” (pun intended), and did a double take when I read the description. A popper is someone whose writing ideas just simply pop “like popcorn,” my friend said. For the popper, ideas pop like that and they linger for a while. We would hope that they will linger longer but unfortunately, they tend to be as fireworks that pops and bursts in the sky, linger a moment and then disappears. Here again we see that having a journal would help a lot. The journal will help us capture those popping ideas. It is like seeing your child take her first baby step, you would want to have a camera ready to capture that scene. And a popper is just like that, you won’t know where or when the idea would pop, so you better be always ready for it.
We all could either be a gusher, a bleeder or a popper and we would all need to get those writing ideas in something that will help us get those ideas formed into a good written piece. Having a journal will greatly help in our pursuit to become prolific writers.
(Many thanks to Aristotle Collado from whom the gusher, bleeder and popper idea came from.)