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Now you may have discovered the benefits of keeping a
journal as a creative person. You may be wondering where to start your
What should you write in the journal and how often should you be using it? These are just a couple of common questions you may have.
If you are unsure how to start a creative journal, below you will discover some of the best tips and advice you can follow.
How To Use The Journal
The first thing you need to decide is how you want to use the journal. It be a place to simply record your ideas, or would you prefer it to be a place you can practice your creativity? It may also be used for a place to set your blogging goals and for your creative projects!
The goal of the creative journal will make a big difference so you will need to decide on how you should use it. Therefore, it is important to establish it’s purpose early on.
“Free Writing” Is An Option
One of the best ways to start a creative journal, is to practice free writing. This is basically where you take the time to sit down and start writing. Just write whatever comes into your head.
You will not need to follow a certain structure or have any prior ideas of what to write. The things you jot down does not even need to make sense. Write as little or as much as you want.
You can write on any topic which pops into your head. You will be surprised how much creativity this type of writing can conjure up.
Ask Yourself These Questions When Writing
If free writing does not appeal to you, you may require more of a prompt to get you started. There are a few questions you can ask yourself.
These Are Just a Few Ideas:
- What is inspirational to me?
- What inspires me?
- When was the last time I had fun?
- Where would I like to go on vacation?
- Who would I like to “cheer up” today?
- Who can I help today?
These seemingly random questions can have a surprising
impact on your creativity. They ar great prompts to get you to write as little
or as much detail as you wish.
Just the process of answering these questions can help to unleash your creative side.
Remember, there are no rules you need to follow when beginning to
A creative journal should never be forced into sticking to a certain structure, or limited in any way.
I have included some of the best ways to get you started with a creative journal. Often, starting the journal is the hardest part. Once you have actually made a start, it becomes much easier to keep it up and continue to nurture your creativity.
5 Methods of Journaling
You don’t have to feel forced to keep a certain type of journal since there are so many different ways to use one. Here are just some of the many methods of journaling you can
- General Journal
The first method of journaling is the most traditional form, which is where you simply write down your thoughts as often as needed. You might write in the journal a couple days a week when you have the time or a reason to write.
- You may journal once a day at the end of the day, similar to keeping a diary. This method is the most flexible since it is really up to you on how you want to proceed with it.
- With a general method of journaling, the frequency, what to include, and type of journal organization you use is entirely up to you. One idea to get you started is to create an outline. You may also want to include an index page in the front of the journal.
- Towards the end of the journal, you may like to include a sitemap, page numbering, and an FAQ page. These are only ideas and not a concrete method of starting your journal.
The first method of journaling is the most traditional form,
which is where you simply write down your thoughts as often as needed. You
might write in the journal a couple days a week when you have the time or a
reason to write.
You may journal once a day at the end of the day, similar to keeping a diary. This method is the most flexible since it is really up to you on how you want to proceed with it.
With a general method of journaling, the frequency, what to include, and type of journal organization you use is entirely up to you.
One idea to get you started is to create an outline. You may also want to include a index page in the front of the journal. Towards the end of the journal you may like to include a sitemap, page numbering, and a FAQ page.
These are only ideas and not a concrete method of starting your journal.
- Bullet Journal
This is a newer form of journaling, but one that is becoming
very popular quickly. Bullet journaling provides a way to keep track of
everything in your daily life, including finances, goals and bucket lists,
family life, work, mental and physical health, and tons more.
With bullet journaling, you are using primarily symbols and short words or phrases to discuss different things instead of full pages of writing like with a general or standard form of journaling.
Bullet Journaling also has an index and page numbers since there are so many different sections in the journal.
- Dream Journal
There are journals about a specific topic, such as your
dreams. If you are someone with confusing, elaborate, or vivid dreams, this is
the perfect journal to keep.
You can have a dream section in a bullet journal, or dedicate one small journal to nothing but recording your dreams. It helps to write them down immediately upon waking, as you may forget them rather quickly.
- Gratitude Journal
A gratitude journal is one where you aren’t just talking about all your thoughts or what you do day to day, but actually only talks about the good things.
It is meant to help you practice mindfulness and live a happier life through gratitude.
You look at the positive parts of your day, no matter how big or small they are, and write those in your journal.
By doing this, you are able to focus more on the good things in your life and dwell less on the bad things. Over time, you can start to heal and live a more optimistic life.
- Food Journal
A food journal will help you track the amount of calaries or
carbohydrates you take in on a daily basis.
In the beginning you will only need to write down the food you ate and
look up the calaries or carbs it consist of.
After a few days of doing this you will be able to write down the food and know the calaries/carbs. Another way of tracking is to write down the food and total up the calaries/carbs at the end of the day.
If you are suppose to have 1,000 calaries a day, it will help you stay on track for determining what you may or may not have to eat. If it is carbs you are tracking, you may only have 12 carbs a day.
Once you have tracked your calaries or carbs for a couple of weeks, you will begin to see how easy it is to keep a log of your food intake. This may be helpful for diets, dibetes, and a host of other health issues.
4 Important Reasons Everyone Should Keep A Journal
Journaling is not just something certain individuals do, but
it should really be something everyone does.
Journaling helps people in so many ways, from finding triggers to your stress, to helping with physical and mental health, weight loss, and a host of other issues.
Here are 4 different reasons everyone should journal regularly:
1. It Will Help You With Mental and Physical Health
A major benefit to writing in a journal everyday is that it
can help both your mental and physical health. Journaling helps you figure out
what is causing your stress, it lets you see why your anxiety is plummeting,
and it can help with your depression.
For physical health, journaling helps you lose weight or manage your weight. It can help you find out why you have certain ailments, and narrow down the reasons you aren’t drinking enough water each day. You can be a healthier person overall just by having a journal.
2. You Can Feel Safe Releasing Your Emotions
It is hard to talk to someone about what you are thinking or
feeling because you are embarrassed or feel like you will be judged for it. A
journal is a good way to express all those feelings and not worry about someone
reading it or looking at you differently.
Sometimes you need to get certain things out of your mind, and keeping a private journal is the perfect way to do just that.
3. You Find Out New Things About Yourself
Keeping a journal can also help you gain more clarity into
who you are and what you want out of life. Make it a challenge to just start
writing on a page, without thinking too hard beforehand.
Just start writing one word and keep going. You will be amazed by how much you learn about yourself. You may start venting about something you didn’t know bothered you so much.
It is possible that it is the opposite and you are more positive and optimistic about a person or situation than you thought you would be. In some cases, you talk more about what you want to accomplish, and this journal helps you to come up with actionable things you can do to achieve those dreams.
4. It Becomes Comfort When Dealing With Stress
Stress is a powerful thing, much more powerful than people
give it credit for. Stress can affect nearly every part of your life, including
your mental and physical wellbeing.
It is important that you try to reduce your stress in any way you can. This is where journaling will come into play. If you will make it a habit of writing in your journal on a daily basis it will help you identify what is leading up to your stress.
Being able to pinpoint what you can do to stop the stress from early on or prevent it from happening can keep you on a road to a healthy life. This will make everyone in your circle happier.
Back on its golden hinges
The gate of Memory swings,
And my heart goes into the garden
And walks with the olden things.
-Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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