I can in no way describe myself as an expert on the topic as I just began journaling quite recently but I thought I would write this post, talking about the things that helped me start and the things that continue to help.
I think that the most important thing is to just start. Creativity is not something that you can learn but the more creative things you do, the easier it will become to think creatively. The most difficult thing to do is begin, once you start creativity will flow naturally. Another notable point is as long as you’re doing something, it is enough. It doesn’t have to be picture perfect, it is for you.
With that being said, the worst thing you can do is force yourself to be creative. It is always good to push yourself so that you are constantly stimulating your creative brain but if you’re really not feeling it, leave it and come back when you feel more ready. Remember that journaling is meant to be a release, a way to relax and get in touch with how you’re feeling. It should be your time to sit and reflect and let your mind wander, it should never feel forced and it should never feel like work. I always enjoy journaling in my pajamas with a cup of tea.
All you need is an actual journal and whatever stationery you have around your house. Circling back to the first point, just start, you don’t need any fancy equipment to begin. Some of the things I use are: scraps of paper, old magazines, crayons from when I was a kid, newspapers and some random pens I have since forever.
Find inspiration from everything around you. Stop and look around, inspiration can be drawn from everything around you, including people. Your immediate surroundings are good enough – your bedroom, the view from your window, the people you live with, the people walking by, your morning cup of coffee, a leaf blowing in the wind. Literally anything can be a source of inspiration so become more observant of the things around you. One of the best things about journaling is that it encourages observation and appreciation of everything you see.
One of the things I find most difficult is being original because the minute you go onto instagram or pinterest there are thousands of pictures of the most stunning journal entries and its so easy to copy them, I am guilty of this. It will still always look a bit different because you’re doing it and so it will have a bit of you in it but still, the most effective journal entries are ones that you do yourself, from scratch. If you’re just starting out, looking at pictures online and then using them as inspiration can be a huge help but after the first few times try not looking at anything at all and doing your own thing, you’ll be surprised by the beautiful entries you’re capable of creating!
Find people online who inspire you. They should be people who spark something inside of you. People whose posts make you want to pull out your journal and disappear into it for a while. Here are some of my favourites (on instagram): noor_unnahar ; ohareeba ; overalladventures
I still don’t feel confident in my writing abilities and I’m sure many newbies don’t, so I would suggest that in the beginning find pieces of writing that you love and copy those down in your journal until a time that you are ready to write for yourself. I’m still copying down my favorite pieces of writing because I feel like other people’s words always best describe my own feelings.
There are many different types of journaling so research them all and find one that you think you will enjoy the most. I think my journal is a very creative and free one. I don’t have any structure to it and there aren’t any rules, I just enter whatever I’m feeling that day. You may be better suited to a more structured type of journal like a bullet journal, everyone is different.
Lastly, journaling is all about you so do whatever you want with it. You can be wild and free and fearless and boundless. There are zero limits. You can be the person you truly are between the pages of your journal even if, maybe especially if you’re not yet ready to show that person to the world.
I really hope that this has been helpful. If there is anything you’d like to know please drop me a comment below or send me a message or email through my instagram, thebookishnerd Also follow me there to see pictures of my new journal entries amongst other bookish pictures!
If you’re feel okay to share your journal entries please do tag me in your pictures or send them to me, I would love to see them and become inspired. Until next time…