Creative Journaling is a practice that has been around for many years and yet it is still as much of a challenge to many of us as it is to those of us who embrace it. The creative process is like a dialogue with yourself and your inner world.
Many people are very aware that writing, even ordinary journal writing, can be a powerful tool for communication. Indeed, the purpose of journal writing in the first place is to share your thoughts and feelings.
A creative writer should write about things that inspire him or her and draw on personal insights to help him or she discover his or her inner creative self. What makes creative writing difficult is that it requires a lot of determination and focus.
A writer may be inspired to write about a specific person or experience, but it may take months or even years before he or she can produce a piece that is meaningful. Sometimes a writer’s creative juices just aren’t produced quickly enough to satisfy the urge to express them in writing.
Others find their inspiration suddenly by accident or coincidence. In either case, being able to capture moments and use them as a context for later creative thinking helps a great deal in the creative process. However, these moments can become blocked when a writer feels trapped by his or her own words and thoughts.
That’s where journal writing can offer help. Here are a few tips on how to journal effectively in the creative writing process.
Consider using a notepad or notebook when you are creative writing to keep track of your thoughts and ideas. Keeping a notepad or notebook by your chair, purse, or desk will make it easy to jot down ideas as they come to you during creative writing.
You can then refer to these notes later while sitting down to write. These notepads or notebooks will also be useful in a follow-up session when you are ready to share your creative ideas with someone else.
Keep a journal of lists. Many writers struggle with keeping a list of ideas, but a good way to begin the creative process is to make a list of things to write each day.
Starting out with a list will help you keep track of where you are in the creative writing process and will help you see where you need to adjust your thinking or your words to fit the needs of the writing project. Writing down your list of ideas and thoughts is one of the best ways to brainstorm ideas and bring them to fruition.
Keep a journal of photographs. Taking pictures of family, friends, or nature scenes is another way to get your creative juices flowing. The more you look at and photograph your surroundings, the more your creativity will grow and you will start to develop your style of capturing and preserving the beauty of life around you.
As you continue on your creative journey journaling, you will find that your photos will lead you into the new creative territory and you will be surprised at how much joy comes from looking at the wonderful beauty in others around you.
Journal with a purpose. When you start to get stuck or when you start having writer’s block, it can often be difficult to think of anything to write about. This is the time when journal writing can really help you think about what you want to say and how you can express it.
Starting a journal or notebook with a purpose in mind will greatly enhance your creative-writing process and will give you something to look forward to every day. You will be able to see your ideas through to completion and know that you have taken an important step on the road to being a better writer.
Using creative writing journals gives you the opportunity to pause and reflect as you become creative. It allows you to put things down on paper for future reference and understand the importance of taking notes daily. Be sure to seriously consider journaling through the pandemic to make the situation a lot lighter while doing something productive as well.
Finally, journaling helps you to realize that even when things seem to be going wrong, that it is actually in your creative nature to bounce back and get things back on track again. By journaling, you will find that you are more productive and better able to enjoy creative writing.