If you’ve ever gotten the itch to write, picked up your pen, laid out your journal then sighed and closed it again for lack of ideas you are not the first. It happens. A lot.
We put pressure on ourselves to make everything we create into a worthy piece of art and that kind of thinking gets us nowhere. Journaling has so many benefits and they are the perfect place to mess around with our creativity. The path to art is paved with scribbles and smudges, thrown aside for other explorations. Journals are the best places to wade through the muck.
There will be moments when we don’t even know what we need to express until we sit and give it the space to leak out onto the page. Making those pages available, willing and waiting is necessary. All types of pages. Neat ones, messy ones, ones you can glue on or sketch with. Pages for your best fountain pens and places to put stickers are all valid and valuable types of journaling.
A journal can be more than a diary and more than a planner. Here are 10 types of journaling for all your ideas, even if you don’t know you have them yet.
If you find yourself with a journal in front of you – maybe it’s your gratitude journal – and you only have a few moments to write, you don’t want to waste those minutes being blocked. You know there are benefits to journaling but sometimes you stress over getting started, it happens to me too. Getting started with a new practice is hard. Journaling prompts are just the ticket to get your pen going as they take away the starting difficulties and help you make the most of your time. Prompts can be used in nearly all forms of journaling and if you’ve never tried one – give it a go! here are 121 Journaling Prompts.
A wonderful journal idea is to create some artful entries. If you haven’t tried art journaling then have a read through my post to see how to get started with what you have right now. No need to buy new supplies – just begin! Art journaling has so many benefits and it can be a really simple way to sit down, be creative, and spend a few moments with the mindful practice of making art.
Pens for Journaling
Part of the fun of journaling is choosing your writing instrument of choice. For me, it’s almost always a fountain pen. They are available in any style or colour to suit my current mood and I love having a choice of interesting inks to try out. The pen I use often encourages and inspires me to pick up my journal and put ink on the page. If you haven’t tried a fountain pen, I recommend that you do – find an entry level price point and give one a go.