Right now, I'm feeling more connected to the written word then I have in many years. After yearning to rediscover my voice, I've been on an incredible journey of letting go and pushing past the fears I had of seeing my life written upon the page. Now once again, I feel I can embrace my words and explore journalling in a whole new way.
For me journal writing is all at once a wonderful escape and a beautiful reality, where I love to spend some precious time. My journal is where I set positive intentions and capture my inner thoughts and soul wanderings. It is also where I dream and those visions are as boundless as the sea. So as we begin a beautiful new season, I thought I might share some of my tips and ideas after years of teaching creative writing, that I still often remind myself, about journalling for the soul.
Have your journal supplies ready..
You never know when inspiration might strike, so be sure to have your supplies ready. This will ensure you can capture that beautiful fleeting creative moment. This little stash will differ depending on the type of journalling you enjoy. My set up is pretty simple. I love to create collages on my pages of beautiful images, words and ephemera that inspires, so I always keep some handy in the back of my journal (in an envelope). Then all I need is glue, scissors and my favourite pen and I'm ready. I also leave pages blank so if I'm not feeling creative, I can simply fill a page with musings.
Celebrate your journalling time..
Always remember that personal writing is a celebration, not a chore. You shouldn't feel obligated to write or worry because you haven't written for a day or even a month. Remember there are no rules and no one is giving your journal a gold star. If you can, make a little time each day to write a little, but if life gets too hectic, don't worry, just celebrate the time you have and make it precious! Enjoy your favourite beverage, light a candle, or journal in the bath (see Stealing Beauty for inspiration), whenever your soul yearns for you to pick up a pen and take a journey.
Be kind to your journal..
Yes, I know that might sound a little silly, but just hear me out. I believe that your journal is an extension of you, like everything you create, so be kind to it. Make it feel like home, welcoming, inviting, a place your just can't wait to get back too. I find creating little corners of inspiration really helps me to make my journal feel like a place I want to be, perhaps a like hanging artwork on the walls of my home. Add personal photos, drawings, ephemera from your travels, your children's artwork, whatever inspires you to want to open that cover and dive in.
Trust your intuition..
Writing can be daunting and at times even scary and that's what I feel makes it a truly incredible form of self expression. It's important to trust your intuition, because once you begin you never know where your words may take you. Perhaps to somewhere beautiful, or to a distant memory that you were not ready to revisit. From my own experiences, I've learnt that some of those moments are the most powerful for self healing and understanding, so trust in your soul and the transforming journey you are embarking on.
Embrace your words..
Whatever you find tumbles onto your page, embrace your words, for they are some of your most intimate thoughts (and of course a whole lot of rambling thrown in for good measure). Try to write a whole page without reading back over it or analysing what you are trying to say. Just let the words flow, even if it doesn't seem to be making any sense. Read back over it a few days later or even a month and I promise you will find something remarkable within your musings. Allowing yourself to find or rediscover your writer's voice, can be a beautiful and powerful gift.
I hope some of these tips and ideas have resonated with the writer inside you, perhaps to begin a new journal, or find one that's been spending too be days alone on the bookshelf.
Enjoy your writing journey.
PS. Pop over here to find a few more of my journal writing tips.