Your First Step: Journal Picking
This is one of my favorite steps. It can be such fun!!! Some woman shop for shoes ~ I shop for journals! They can be high end or made from things left around your house. The key: Your Journal MUST get you EXCITED about journaling.
If you choose to buy one, many booksellers and stationary stores have a wide variety of writing journals. Take your time! Pick up a few; get the feel of the journal! Do you like the texture? It’s Colors? Pick a journal that speaks to you.
You can even make a very creative journal all your own! (More on this another day) One of my original journals was a simple a 3 ring binder with blank pages in it. Of course, the color energized me and I put pictures inside that enhanced what I was journaling about at the time. (I think it was the challenges of being a 13 year old teenager!! And, there were SO many then 😉
This is a preliminary place to start writing in your journal. I keep blank pages inside the front cover of my journals. Here I jot down a quick note or thought when something inspires me or I have a question about. Then, when I sit down to work in my book, it will be there and remind me what I was going to journal about. Yes, I take a journal with me everywhere. You can easily just take out a piece of paper from your pocket that you wrote on. I’ve been known to do this to (in restaurants on paper napkins even!)
When to Journal. That is a personal preference. Some people like to do it at the end of the day to process the events of their day. I prefer first thing in the morning (mostly because my nocturnal dreams often prompt me to use aspects of them in my writings. I have a client who journals at lunchtime as a way to relax in the middle of her day. Whatever the time is that you choose, do make the time to try this out as a tool for growth.
Be Creative. You can write eloquently, add in pictures that inspire you. Use Colored pens even! And, just let things flow onto the paper as they come. This is a time to actually STOP the thinking process and let your creative juices flow. You may feel it takes some time to cultivate but everyone can do this.
Be consistent in keeping your journal! It’s important because it then becomes habit. If you are inspired to be an actual author don’t expect to be Mark Twain or JK Rowling overnight. Journaling, like anything done well, takes a little practice. Make it a habit….a little bit goes a long way…commit to writing 10 minutes in your journal daily~ you’ll be amazed at what you discover about who you are and what you want to do!
I want to know. Do you journal? If you do, What insight have you received from your musings?