In my notebook-keeping classes I stress the importance of the writer’s notebook as a playful nesting ground. It is a place to try out words, metaphors, new styles and voices. Think of the journal as a journey and not a destination. It is the path to your castle, but it is not the castle. It is the key to your success, but it is not the finished product.
Many authors use the notebook to do warm-up writing exercises. John Cheever, for example, gave this one exercise to his students which you might want to do in your own notebook. He would tell his students to write a letter from the perspective of a person trapped in a burning building. In my classes, I suggest my students write a letter to their fictional character or write a letter to someone they’ve had difficulty communicating with, either dead or alive. Just because you write the letter, does not necessarily mean you need to send it, but if you decide to, then that’s all right also.
Have you written letters in your journal? If yes, describe how you felt afterwards.