“The positive thing about writing is that you connect with yourself in the deepest way, and that’s heaven. You get a chance to know who you are, to know what you think. You begin to have a relationship with your mind.” — Natalie Goldberg
Is journaling something you’ve thought about but never tried? Maybe you wondered what you were meant to be writing about, or wondered how to get started? These 5 things will help make journaling easier and more personalised to your individual preferences:
- Take the pressure off – try journaling every day with no purpose other than emptying your mind and reflecting back what you’re thinking. You can’t get this wrong! See Julia Cameron’s great description of her ‘morning pages’ tool here.
- Know that it’s good for you – and might be helping in a number of ways. Knowing the benefits and approaching the practice with curiosity about how it might benefit you will probably help you stick with it.
- Try writing quickly – this helps to sidestep your inner critic allow more creative and contradictory thoughts to appear on the page.
- Check out the journals of writers, artists and scientists for inspiration – in doing this you will see how many options are available for a journal, the format is not set and can reflect your interests and passions.
- Experiment with how you make entries in your journal – think about using words and pictures, collage plus handwritten, letters to yourself plus reflections on your day, lists plus stream of consciousness writing, writing from the head as well as from the heart etc.
And if this sounds interesting and you’d like more help to get started, feel free to check out my new resource – ’25 fresh ways to get your thoughts and feelings onto paper’. It’s free, and you can download it here.