Journal Writing: Getting Started

There are several different ways to begin the process of journal writing. Today I wanted to share some ideas about the different types of journals that you can keep.

Free-write Journal or Stream-of-Consciousness Writing
This type of journal writing is probably my favorite. In free-writing, the form, content, and structure are not important. The focus is on getting the words out of your head and onto the page. This type of writing is designed to clear mental clutter. One way to think about how to get started is to literally write down your internal dialogue– complete with “umms” and “ahhs” and “I don’t know what to write next!”

Ideas Journal
An ideas journal is a journal that is a home for your ideas. You could think of this type of journal as a place to brainstorm. Your journal entries may simply be a series of different lists. There may be lists of several different ideas. You may also decide to have your journal focus on several different aspects of one main idea.

Inspirational Writings Journal
An inspirational writings journal is a place where you can keep your favorite quotes, bible verses, or other spiritual writings that are meaningful to you. I would also encourage you to add your own original writings or positive affirmations. This could become a great resource for you, especially during times when you’re feeling discouraged. You could turn to this journal for encouragement and inspiration.

Prayer Journal
A prayer journal is a place where you can keep a record of your prayers, prayer requests, and answers to prayer. Doing this type of writing could be used as a part of your daily meditative and/or spiritual practices.

Life Events Journal
With this type of journal, you are able to keep a record of meaningful life events. You might choose to include different memorabilia that captures these events. This could include ticket stubs, pictures, and other objects that were a part of making the event so special. This is a wonderful way to create lasting memories of important times in your life.

Art Journal
An art journal is a great way to combine words with images or simply just images. Whether your art is poetry, photography, painting, collage, or sketching; you can use this journal to capture your memories, emotions, and events.

These are just some of the several different ways to begin journal writing. My hope is that you find at least one that speaks to you. This will allow you to begin to access the wonderful benefits of using this form of expression.

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