Use a writer's journal to organize your work, develop new projects, and nurture and sustain existing projects.

Consider using these categories to help organize your journal, whether you publish it online (with or without security) or keep it in a three-ring binder.

The writer's journal can help you to write more efficiently and more originally. Your journal provides a place to organize your work, develop new projects, nurture and sustain existing projects, and provide links to completed projects. Rather than ignoring the innovative ideas for new writing projects that occur when you are in the middle of another assignment, you can keep a record of your new ideas in your journal.

Save time, develop more effective documents, and be more creative by developing a writer's journal. Throughout human history, writers have used notebooks to organize and develop their ideas. Thanks to the internet, you can now easily maintain your journal online or you can use a low-tech solution, such as a three-ring binder.

Note: A writer's journal is different from a digital portfolio in the sense that you are the audience for the journal and the work in the journal tends to be rough, really fragments of ideas, a place to be creative.

In contrast, the digital portfolio represents your best work on a subject and its audience includes potential employers, university admission committees, and internet users.

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