This month, I wanted to share one of my favorite ways of reinvigorating my creative writing: journaling.
To do that, I talked with a dear sisterfriend, author, blogger, encourager, and creator of the Optimist-Kit, Pachet Spates. Like me, she adores journaling and uses it for a variety of projects. Below, she shares her thoughts on journaling, how writers can tap into journaling to better their creative writing, and her Optimist-Kit project.
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Why did you get into journaling?
I started journaling as a way to escape. I grew up as a latch key kid; I was always stuck in the house, so instead of watching TV, I started writing in notebooks. I wrote stories, I wrote about my feelings and my dreams of one day “breaking free.”
How can journaling help a writer develop their creativity?
There are a variety of ways via journaling that can help writers tap into their creativity. Keeping an idea journal is a great way for writers to list various ideas that come into their head or even things that they overhear. Art journals are great ways for anyone to tap into their creativity. Through the use of various mediums, a person can create visuals for their emotions or create the “ideal” home for a main character through collaging, sketching and painting.
How has journaling helped you in your writing endeavors?
My idea journals have helped kick start a lot of stories. I reference my idea journal often, especially when I am brainstorming a new story for my monthly SNAPS 1000 Words short fiction.
What are three journaling activities writers can do RIGHT NOW to jump start their creativity?
One thing I suggest to my fellow writers is what I call a “purge.” Don’t set an alarm, just grab a pen and your journal and write down EVERYTHING that is in your mind. From questions to day dreams. Don’t worry about the content, just write it all down.
The second activity I recommend is “listing.” List ALL the reasons why you need to write a story, list 10 things your main character likes/dislikes. The possibilities are endless and aid in story and character development.
Finally, writers can create a journaling jar. Fill a jar with journal prompts. They can be related to their current works in progress or random prompts. Journal jars come in handy when anyone is stuck in a writing rut AKA writer’s block.
The Optimist-Kit is a product I created centered on the benefits of journaling. Kits are now made to order, and each one comes with a journal, a writing utensil, coffee and/or tea, an inspirational trinket, and a 30-day journaling challenge. I created the kit to help people tap into their creativity through written self-expression. Using the Optimist-Kit provides users down time to reflect creatively and openly.
When I asked Pachet if she had any remaining comments on journaling, writing, and creativity, she shared her thoughts on what journaling is to her and some of the benefits attributed to it:
Journaling is often used in conjunction with the word “diary.” It amazes me how often I hear people say that journaling is like keeping a diary. A diary is one of many forms of journaling. The initial concept of journaling is to track a journey- our progress through various stages of life, events and ideas. The benefits of journaling include enhancing creativity; healing, growth, and development; an increase in intuition; and my favorite, becoming a better writer.
Do you journal? How do you use journaling to further develop your creative writing?
|Shon Bacon is an author, editor, and educator, whose biggest joys are writing and helping others develop their craft. She has published both creatively and academically and interviews women writers on her popular blog ChickLitGurrl: high on LATTES & WRITING. You can learn more about Shon's writings at her author website, and you can get information about her editorial services at CLG Entertainment.|