The Journal Writing Habit

You start the new year off with a plan to write in your journal everyday.  After a couple of weeks you notice that you are not doing it as often as you would like, and eventually you stop all together.

Writing in a journal is a great way to let go of the things that hold you back creatively, a place to keep all your ideas, log your dreams, remember your memories, and to organize your thoughts.

Today is a list of easy ideas to get you started and keep you using your journal.

Don't know what to write? - Collect information on art, your medium of choice, inspiring quotes, book summaries, try creating lists

Write letters to friends

Write about whatever comes into your head - don't judge or edit, just free write

Collect things that mean something to you and add them to your journal - tickets, photos, fortunes, stamps, whatever.

Have a special place where you like to write - A special chair in your home, the park or a cafe

You don't have to write in you journal everyday, but it helps to keep a schedule -  Do it at the same time of day, and the sames days if possible.

Reading someone else's journal is another way to stay inspired.  Check out this book Spilling Open: The Art of Becoming yourself by Sabrina Ward Harrison.  It's full of her personal journal entries and artwork giving you a peek inside who she is and ideas to get you started.

Once you let go and give yourself a little time everyday to open up, keeping a journal will become part of your everyday life.

Do you journal?  What has inspired you to make it a habit?
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  1. This is a great idea, helpful-thanks!

  2. I love journal writing but as you mentioned after while any journal I start starts to collect dust instead of ideas. Thanks for the great suggestions.


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