How To Get Your Create On
Today, we're going to talk about how to more creative in your journal.
Ever read a book or watch a movie where someone discovers an amazing journal. It's filled with funny musings, sketches, mementos, etc. It looks like something just begging to be read.
Well, whether or not you want anyone to read your journal (I for one, don't want anyone to read mine!) you might want to make it enticing enough so it's readable.
But sometimes, even in our journal, we get stuck with the fear of the blank page, and we can't seem to write anything.
Or we simply list out our day...which can also feel very repetitive. And we don't want that.
So here are some ways to make your journal a little more like the story of your life and less like the story of blah...
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Use Journaling Prompts
Your journal could be a collection of details about what happened during your day if you want it to be that, but it does not have to be. You can take some of the fantastic journal writing prompts available to you via this site, or others.
A great prompt will ask a question you might not have thought about, or might have, but didn't want to go there.
Some prompts will be more creative - along the lines of a story starter. These are great ways to boost your overall creativity.
Add pictures, sketches, lists, or word bubbles
There is no rule that says that you must write in your journal in a particular narrative format.
You can add pictures, either from magazines or your own. Sketch something - who cares if you're no Van Gogh.
You could also write down lists (10 things I hate about you, 10 best things about vacation, 20 great things about getting paid, 10 best books you've read so far ...you name it you can list it)
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Don't Be Afraid To "Go There"
Sometimes the biggest thing keeping you away from having a creative journal is yourself. If you are censoring what you write in the journal too much, you might end up sucking all of the creativity out of it as a result as well.
Many people do this for fear of offending some person who might get their hands on it in the future. The truth is though, you risk much more if you do not tell your story the way it is meant to be told.
Censoring yourself just takes away from the heart of the meaning of a journal in the first place.