Top Tips for Journal Writing
Have you ever purchased a gorgeous designer journal with the most honourable of intentions, placed it lovingly on your bedside table together with your favourite pen and then….watched as it gradually gathered dust before slowly being buried beneath an ever-growing pile of novels or glossy magazines? Or is it just me who periodically engages in this strange behaviour?
You see, I love good quality stationery - journals and notebooks. I love the look, the feel and the well…potential of all of those blank pages encased in covers showcasing exquisite works of art. Those pages might one day hold my life story (a future bestseller, of course) or they might store the brilliant answers to life's big questions that I magically discover during my ingenious writing sessions. Yes - there is just so much potential in those pages.
Well, I decided recently it was time to stop with the procrastinating. Time to be a grown up and just do it! Just start writing!! Of course, it wasn't as simple as that (for me anyway) - if it was I would have started years ago. Finally, I determined a little research was necessary in order to create some traction, some momentum - and if I'm totally honest to give myself just a little more time to procrastinate.
I purchased two 'how to' books: Stephanie Dowrick's Creative Journal Writing: the art and heart of reflection and Time to Write to Yourself: a guide to journaling for emotional health and self-development by Dianne Sandland. After digesting these highly recommended reads I am now able to present my tried and tested favourite new antidotes for journal writers' writer's block.
1. Recount Your Day
2. Get outside!
3. Use Your Senses
4. Free Writing
5. Use Prompts
Journal writing can be such a rewarding, engaging, enjoyable and enlightening pleasure. If you've always wanted to give it a try but, like me, got stuck at the starting post then try some of the above tips - there'll be no stopping you!