What is your ideal journal writing environment?
Journaling has been such a personal endeavor for me since childhood that I never considered that others might do it any different way than I did. I didn’t think too much about how anyone else would do it.
Since joining various journal writing groups online, I’ve found a variety of ways in which people journal and where they journal.
- Some enjoy journaling in the same spot every time.
- Some like to sit in a corn field, or up a tree, or near a river, or on the beach, or while looking a mountain.
- Others would not dream of writing without a table.
- Some prefer a coffee shop.
- Others prefer the comfy coziness of home.
- Some prefer to write while waiting for the oil to be changed in their automobile, or while the children are playing in the park.
- There are joint journals where everyone can contribute to the book, so they keep it in a common area, like the living room.
- Some write in the kitchen while the tea kettle is boiling.
- Some cannot get started until they have a bouquet of colorful pens nearby.
- Others refuse to write without a fountain pen.
I like to write anywhere and at anytime. My lap is my desk. If a thought strikes, I must record it in some fashion. Sometimes the most handy thing is the voice recorder on your phone. You say the thought aloud into the phone and later expand on it in the journal.
Sometimes, in childhood, I would journal in the closet with a flashlight until someone called my name for dinner.
Your environment must be conducive to how you like to write in your journal. Your instruments must be convenient to use or you are less likely to write.
Sometimes you cannot think straight enough to write until the dishes are washed and the house is tidy. At other times, the dishes can sit and soak while you pound out an idea before you forget it.
If you are just getting started journaling, perhaps your preferences are not yet set. Don’t worry; you’ll find the setting that is perfect for you if you don’t give up on it. Tweak and tweak and tweak. (And enjoy the process of tweaking.)
What is your ideal writing environment? What have you done to create it, to make it a reality? Perhaps you can journal about that.
P.S. If you’re have been procrastinating on journal writing, click for this article on how to think about procrastination and how overcome it.
P.P.S. This might be useful to you. Click for Journal Q and A, Part 1 which addresses 3 common fears which prevent many from starting or continuing journal writing.