To change the story, you should know how to write one.

To change the story, you should know how to write one.


Memoirs are historical accounts or biography written from personal knowledge, or it could be an essay on an academic subject. Memoirs are personal accounts of specific memories or stories from your life; it is not a record of your entire existence. In recent times, there has been an upsurge in the publication of memoirs from several quarters. One of my personal favourite in past time is Born a Crime by Trevor Noah; you should subscribe to his YouTube channel, by the way, excellent content.
A memoir often tells a story from a life, such as touchstone events and turning points from the author’s experience. A noticeable phenomenon in all these memoirs is the striking recollection of minute details; of course, a journal uses fictional techniques to draw readers into an honest account of a true story. A memoir provides a specific timeline and an intimate relationship to the writer’s own emotions, memories and feelings. To draw a fictional structure to our daily lives, you have to draw up a diagram for your life.
I believe you, dear reader, is on your way to a life of significance and wholesome productivity and might one day have to write a memoir or an autobiography, its next-door cousin. You might as well start journaling today.
Asides from the long term effect of recollection of events, later on, it is also a daily habit you will want to imbibe if you desire an upsurge in productivity and creativity levels. If journaling is done correctly and with the right intent, you will show up better in every area of your life.
Journaling optimises your creative potential. Most of our current possibilities rely on inputs from other sources, social media and other sources of information from others. Journaling allows you to dig deep into yourself to well up ideas from yourself. Starting this out will seem difficult at first, as it is with everything on this side of the universe, keep at it long enough and surprise yourself with streams of creativity.
There is a satisfaction that comes from ticking off goals on your to-do list, but often we run out of enthusiasm faster than we can achieve those goals. Through journaling, as you read and re-write your goals daily, they will become forged into your subconscious mind and soon enough draw up enough enthusiasm for them to become your physical reality.
Journaling could be a means to relax while also generating clarity and clearing your emotions. A lot of persons struggle to detach from work after its done; journaling could be your post-work reflection time. Utilising your journal can be a medium through which you focus on the plans and goals for the next day while relaxing from the stress of the day. Like I said earlier, journaling gets your creative juices flowing. Through journaling, you can cement your sense of identity through self-discovery. Not only will you have more clarity about your path in life, but journaling improves your ability to make small and large decisions along the way.
Journaling reduces scatter in your life. While increasing creativity and productivity, it causes order in your thought patterns. You can increase focus, stability, release pent up thoughts and emotions, bridge inner thoughts with outer events. Journaling allows you to re-experience the past with today’s mind; when you look introspectively at past events, you see what you could not have. When you are in a heightened emotional state, journaling can help you vent out emotions and find a release afterwards.
My favourite benefit, journaling unfolds the writer in you. It helps you develop healthy writing habits and help you discover your voice while clearing your mind and crystallising your ideas and records your life history. Voila! Here comes your memoir.


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  1. ‘‘Journaling unfolds the writer in you…’’ I love this. I recently took up the art of Bullet Journaling my life, and daily tasks, and it’s been absolutely enjoyable.
    Also, it’ll be nice to have something to look back to a decade from now and know all that it is your past self was able to achieve.
    Thanks for the enlightening article Tope.

  2. Wonderful write-up Temitope
    I’ve thought a lot about writing a memoir at some point in my life, and I see the importance of Journaling now. Thank you

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