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Journal writing ideas

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Journal writing ideas are all around us – everyday we’re writing a diary – the trouble is most of us forget what’s happened by the end of the day.

This is one of many reasons for writing our memories down. There are also many benefits to writing and many ways to write. For some it may be a form of therapy – or just a place to speak out your thoughts or for some a way to genorate income.

Recently while finding out more on black history I came across a cartoon DVD which my husband brought back from a second hand shop.

It was the story and account of Harriet Tubman, the American anti-slavery activist, born into slavery in America in 1820. She escaped in 1849, and became a leading Abolitionist and was active as a conductor in the Underground Railroad, the network which helped escaped slaves to reach safety.

This account though it was aimed to educate children
I found her story of bravery, very moving as well as informative.

When I was growing up in the British schools system, slavery was hardly mentioned and was not a subject covered in depth. And as an adult apart from other information picked up from TV documentaries and films over the years I had little knowledge on this subject and her story was news to me.

We’ve all heard of the Diary of Anne Frank and her writing – one teenager’s record of her life and the people around her and what a legacy she left for us all to read and share.

The point is you never know what effect your story will have on others.

Journal writing ideas

Here are some helps on how and where to start:

Your family history stories
Those stories you haven’t heard told for a long time – relate them -pass them on.

Love and Memories
Love letters from your courting days – I know I still have mine hidden in a drawer. You may not have the courage to share them – but they could spark some inspiration.

School memories
Just like in Tom Brown school days, we’ve all got a tale to tell. The head boy or head girl story, or do you remember the trouble maker and who was the bully? Or were you the one always outside the headmasters office?

Recording and compiling
Family history need not be difficult to glean.
When wanting to gather my family’s information,
I started by sitting down with my parents and
just started asking questions.

It was easy and anyone can do the same with their elderly relative. Once I explained why I was doing the research and my intentions they were only too happy to tell me their stories.

In fact I think that it was quite therapeutic for them, as well as enjoyable. They relived and laughed while they remembered many of their forgotten memories and the next time I visited they wanted to do it again.

Once all the information has been successfully written down you may want to handwrite it into a hard back book.

You may also want the relative to handwrite some of it for themselves so you have a document in their handwriting or if that is too difficult for them, maybe a copy of their signature.

• Start with a pen and note pad
• Sit down with your elderly relative and ask questions.
• Be respectful and explain why you are doing the research and they’ll only be to glad to tell you their stories.

Medical History- Although no one likes thinking about hereditary illnesses it may be something that also needs special documentation for the next generation.

Especially if symptoms start appearing in other family members, and though asking questions on these subjects may seem like prying into sensitive areas but knowing could make all the difference.
Making little easier to cope with for the one with the situation and for the others helping them.

Whatever you do.. keep a diary and write it down!

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