Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours my dear friend. And may the Lord add a special blessing to your day!
How do you further develop your creative writing prowess when it’s as though your basin of creativity is all but dried up? It’s not writer’s block—It’s just that you’ve written so many articles over the past say—two or three years you feel like what you thought was your endless supply of ideas seems to have an end after all.
I would like to toss the suggestion of a Creative Journal to the bottom of your basin. Did you know people journal just about everything from “Bullet” journaling to “Field” journaling and all things in between? And somewhere in that “in-between” place, we find the Creative Journal.
First of all, what is a Creative journal, and is it right for you? Well, I’ll give the definition and on the second point, you’ll have to decide.
Touche’! it is just what it sounds like. A journal is used to write in a creative manner. No matter your occupation. Be it an author, poet. blogger, or graphic artist—keeping a certain level of creativity can, at times, be a very challenging proposition. Yet depending on your perspective this journal could have several different meanings and usages. Some people may use these journals to write what they perceive as an important thought, short stories, poems, idea outlines, or flash fiction.
…sometimes the words just don’t seem to flow as freely…
Sure you could use your trusty computer, but sometimes the words just don’t seem to flow as freely due to editing boundaries and those blasted yellow lines. Whereas, when you use a journal your writing is less constrained and has fluidity—problem-free of editing. Allowing you to focus more on problem-solving, brainstorming, and practicing creativity. A lot of my blog posts and poems were written in notebooks and transposed to the computer. This is one of the reasons I feel a Creative Journal would be an ideal tool for the consummate writer, blogger, graphic artist; etc.
Is it right for you? Let’s investigate. Some of the advantages of using a Creative Journal are:
- It allows you to practice free writing. You know, writing whatever comes to your mind. You just take a time out, sit down at your desk or wherever you work, and start writing. There’s no particular structure. You can write as much as you want. Even if what you write down doesn’t make any sense at the moment you may be able to plug that thought into a much larger idea later.
- Writing Prompts. You may not be big on free writing so you may ask yourself a couple of questions to get started. What truly inspires me? What do I think about a lot? What am I most afraid of? When was the last time I had fun? You’d be surprised what these prompts will bring to the surface.
- Mixed media. – For part of the journal you jot down your ideas, then you could use pictures, ticket stubs, a receipt, and even doodling to inspire your creativity. Here you use different content to purvey the same message.
- The use of music. – Some of the best ideas for posts and my books I’ve gotten from listening to different types of music. Especially using a nice set of noise reduction headphones. It has the propensity of canceling the chaos while simultaneously unlocking your emotional closet. Which is another way of releasing your creative flow as you journal.
- Slays your perfectionist demon. Sometimes your inner critic can quench your creative spirit. With your journal, there is no right or wrong way of planning, writing, or drawing. Which provides you with a free yet safe haven to allow your creative juices to flow without internal judgments. When writing impromptly—internal judgment is left in the judge’s chamber.
- Boosts your creativity. The more you use your journal the more proficient you become at creative writing. There is credence to the idiom “practice makes perfect.”
Here are a few ideas to help boost your creativity as you start this new journal. Don’t think you have to use one particular method. There is no set template or specific pattern you have to use. If one idea depletes itself simply move on to the next. And as an added bonus…Did you know that people who write for at least 20 minutes two to five times per week have a lower risk of developing heart disease? Creative journaling is not only good for your mind but is also good for your heart! Hope this helps with your decision-making.
Other topics that might help:
- How to Keep Writing and Not Lose Your Mind.
- How to be More Creative.
- 6 Ways to Crank Up Creativity.
- How to Increase Your Imagination.
- HItting the Creative Bullseye.
- Using Writing Prompts to Improve Your Creative Creative Writing Skills.
- How to Find Your Writer’s Muse.
Thank you for your continued readership and support. Until next week…Blessings and Peace!