Day 1: 31 Days of Journal Writing
What is it about journal writing that interests you?
Is it the idea of keeping a record of your life?
The attraction of putting your story on the page for other people to read?
The thrill of keeping your life secret?
Or is it the clarity you get from the writing process itself?
Whatever it is, this time is for you. This month is all about you diving into your journal writing practice, testing the waters, and seeing how you like it.
Or, if you’re already a journaler, this can be a chance for a deeper dive or a little more focus in your personal writing.
So, settle in and let’s get started.
To begin, you’ll want to choose a method of journaling that resonates with you. Traditional pen and paper works well and I’m a big proponent of that. Writing by hand is a beautiful thing and the experience of what flows from brain to hand is one that can lead to deep soul searching.
There are other ways too, and depending on your preference, they can be just as effective as pen and paper. You can keep a digital journal using anything from a Word document to an app designed for journaling on your smart phone. You can use a voice recorder. You can even use a giant sketchpad or poster board if you want to explore in a big way.
Once you decide on your technique some other things to consider are:
For each of these 31 days you’ll find some ideas to consider as you develop your writing practice and a prompt to get your pen moving. Before you know it, you’ll be cranking out the pages, connecting with your deeper self, and loving the results!
Fair warning: It might take some time to get to the good stuff. Stick with it and it’ll be worth it, I promise. Don’t worry about what comes out of your pen, just let it come out. It’s all okay.
Prompt for you today: What is the best part of your life right now? The thing that brings you the most joy? Describe it in as much detail as possible and revel in that joy.
Like this article? Please feel free to use it on your own blog or newsletter. I simply ask that you please include this blurb:
Sara Marchessault is a coach, writer, and mom who helps busy women use journaling to create more space in their life for being productive without feeling overwhelmed. To learn more about Sara and her work in the world, please visit joyfulbydesign.com or saramarchessault.com.