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Journaling unleashes creativity

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If you’ve been writing for years, whether you are published or not, you will, no doubt, have a stack of notebooks filled with scribbles, ideas, and words in the anticipation of, one day, turning them into something special.

Using notebooks to journal is a wonderful way to explore your thoughts and feelings. Even if only used now and again, it can help to relieve stress, process emotions and capture gratitude.

Journaling stimulates creativity

Regular journaling can also help writers unleash creativity.

A creative journal acts as a companion and therapist during the writing journey, creating space to capture new ideas as they arise, record moments in life that matter and release your worries. Journaling regularly can form the foundation of a consistent writing practice.

Regular journaling can help you grow as a writer because it’s a natural, non-judgemental way to play with the craft, develop your skills and find your voice.

Journals help writers thrive

How to get started

Using this method of journaling allows you to clear your mind of worry and anxiety. If it helps, write down your fears and ask yourself open questions such as ‘what can I do to develop…?’ or ‘why am I so anxious?’ and see what comes up.

Journaling inspiration

If you don’t know what to write, you could simply jot down ‘I don’t know what to write’. Write it multiple times if you have to until something follows. Then, keep going. Let your active mind move aside.

Alternatively, you could use one of the following prompts:

Whether it’s to record your ideas, characters, and thoughts, or to practice the craft of writing, your journal is unique to you. There is no right or wrong way to approach it. Your journal is yours to use in the way that best serves you and your writing.

Make journaling a special occasion. Choose a notebook that inspires you or decorate the cover of a plain one and write with your favourite pen. You could also fill your journal with things that inspire you such as photos, quotes and reminders of experiences you’ve had.

Spend time with your journal today and use its pages to free the writer in you.

About Shelley Wilson

Shelley Wilson is a British, genre-straddling author of sixteen books including motivational self-help books and young adult fantasy fiction. She has a crazy black cat called Luna and is obsessed with vampires, Tudor and Viking history as well as exploring castles

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