Category: JOURNALING

Journal Writing Suggestions

This is a letter which I sent to an acquaintance -Mr. X- who asked for journal writing suggestions. Two decades have passed since Mr. X has written in a journal. He wanted to start again and asked if I had any tips. I did. What follows…

Use Your Journal to Improve Language Skills

The premiere Korean language company- Talk to Me in Korean- suggests one thing to do to improve the study of Korean- use a journal. This can be applied to learning any language. They suggest that you write every day in your journal using the language skills…

Addressing the YOU of five years ago in your journal

The leader of a Facebook group recently asked a question similar to the following, a question which might be a great journal prompt: What is something that you have done which would have impressed the you of five years ago? That’s a mouthful. This prompt is…

A Public Journal

Ten years ago I would give away paper journals to relatives and friends, hoping they would join me in recording their lives. They often did not take me up on the offer. Enter the touchscreen phone/smartphone, the tablet, etc. Now they record their lives in more…

Templates Create Efficiency in Your Journal’s To-Do List

If your journal also houses your to-do list, then efficiency in creating those lists is necessary to get the job done. One of the biggest culprits of to-do list failure, of not achieving the goal, is the tedium of having to write and rewrite your list…

Which Pen Should You Use for Journal Writing?

Use the writing implement or medium that works for you and your journal. If a Visconti Rembrandt fountain pen makes you eager to write, go for that investment. If a store brand pen which you can buy in packs of 50 gets your creative juices flowing…

Old Journals Are Like Letters to Yourself

Have you written a letter to your future self? Depending on the purpose of your journal, your personal book can serve as an extended letter to self,  featuring goals,  wishes,  your ideology. . . Everything. Anything. This morning, I read an entry from ten years ago.…

How to Write a 5-Minute Journal

When Tim Ferriss mentions his daily writing routine in Tools of Titans, I was intrigued. He calls the routine the 5-Minute Journal. The 5-Minute Journal is a series of writing prompts that Ferris uses every day – morning and evening- to recall daily highlights and to…

What Would You Do If You Were Not Afraid?

What has prevented you from reaching your goals? Is part of it fear? Fear of what? Writing it all down in private, in a journal  (paper or digital) helps to process what’s going on internally. From there, you have a better stance from which to address…

Do You Use a Table of Contents in Your Journal?

How many of you use a table of contents in your paper journal? While it is perfectly possible to enjoy the benefits of journal writing without labeling each entry, a table of contents or an index will help to skim the journal for an entry that…

Journey Digital Journal [A Review]

Inspired by the founder of National Journal Writing Month, Bakari Chavanu, who talks about his enjoyment of digital journal writing, this month I journaled using an app on my phone. I used the Journey brand of digital journal, which is for Android. You type as you…

How to Use a Journal to Remember a Recently-Deceased Relative

When a loved one dies, you might wish to remember the person by writing about your experience in your journal, writing about the deceased and keeping mementos. Here are a few things that I have done with a journal during Aunt C’s recent illness and  death:…

Do You Reread Your Journals?

People write in journals for a variety of reasons. Depending on the purpose of the journal, rereading it can be useful. Sometimes, however, rereading the journal serves no purpose for you or perhaps it is too painful. However, for those of us who use journals to…

Why Do You Write?

We all write for different reasons. Here are a few that I’ve found. ~ You write as a natural extension of the skill of reading, wanting to recreate  or create your own version of what you’ve seen. ~ Eventually, you write out of habit. ~ You…

Digital Journal Vs. Paper Journal Debate, NaJoWriMo Founder Weighs In

Author and founder of the National Journal Writing Month, Bakari Chavanu, weighs in on the debate of digital journal vs. paper journal in his article, “10 Reasons I Prefer Digital Journal Writing Over Pen and Paper.” My favorite of his reasons for using a digital journal…

How to Journal: 7 Journal Writers Give Advice

Whether you have just begun journal writing, or have been doing it for years, or are taking it up again after a hiatus, these fellow journal writers are here to inspire you in the journey. I’ve compiled quotes and links to their full content. Enjoy! Sincerely,…

Thoughts on Journal Writing

Thoughts about journal writing The format of your journal is up to you. It can be like a captain’s log (” At 8:00am, I awakened to the sound of bluejays over the Sandish Hills.”); it can be a commonplace book- where all things that inspire you…

What is Your Ideal Journal Writing Environment?

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…

Here’s One Way to Savor a Moment

Use your five senses to help create vivid memories and savor your moments. Ask yourself the following: What do I smell? What do I see? What do I hear? What do I taste? What textures do I feel?   It has been my experience that slowing…

Journal Prompts -After Listening to a Music Album

Have listened to a music album recently and wish to write about it in your journal? Here are a few prompts to get you started. Journal Prompts for Listening to a Music Album Name the album. Why did you choose it? Is it your first time…

Journal Prompts for After a Concert

Do you need journal prompts after attending a concert? Here are a few prompts to get you started. Journal Prompts for After a Concert What concert did you attend? What is it about this artist that induces you to spend time at one of their concerts?…

Journal Prompts for Aunts and Uncles

You are an aunt or uncle and you have read the tips for being the best aunt or uncle ever. Tip number six is to savor the moments. One way to savor the moments is through journal writing. The following writing prompts are not only to…

Date Headers for Your Journals

When organizing a handwritten journal or day’s log, many people enjoy writing the day’s date at the top. To help your eyes see the start of your day’s entry with the greatest of ease, many journal writers embellish the date or create a unique header. If…