All writers need a safe and private place to unload mentally. Ignore writing structure. No audience allowed.
Why? Eventually you may end up publishing something hard to read or difficult to comprehend.
You end up sharing a crazy idea or unfinished thought. This might compel some readers to comment and begin unwanted, lively discussions. You end up being surprised because you know what you wrote wasn’t your intention.
Or your readers pay attention to the wrong things. For example, not your content but the bad writing structure. Or they may think “where are they going with that idea” or “what does that have to do with this topic”. They may stop reading halfway through. You lose your audience.
Do this more than a few times and you may lose your audience permanently.
Groaning at the idea of keeping a private journal? Usually people avoid it because they are, even unconsciously, attempting to put some structure around it. It feels awkward to write your feelings. Yet, you are a writer, so you feel obligated to write well. At least get the spelling correct! Nope. You, instead, need to remember that your private journal will always look like some deranged mad-man/woman was writing in it. This means you are doing splendidly with your private journal habit! It’s the one place you ignore all the writing rules and write your streams of thought, no matter how crazy or emotional they sound.
Remember to keep some security on wherever you are writing your journal. No matter how much you trust everyone in your life. This is best for everyone. It’s the same as reading your mind should they read your journal. Mind reading isn’t fair, right? Well, the same thing applies to your private journal. No one should ever see what you write.
Carry on and spill your guts to that journal!