Start journaling now: easy writing prompts to boost creativity
I'm a huge fan of journaling. Ever since I could hold a pen, I've been writing in my diary.
Journaling is an outlet. It's a marvellous self-care practice: a way to tap into what you're feeling, or to get out of your own head.
It can provide an immediate boost to your creativity, and help you keep the creative juices flowing on a regular basis.
But here's what journaling is not. It's not a religion. It's not a prescription. It is not something you must do every single day. It is not an all-or-nothing game. It is not something reserved for writers or "creative types".
It's more of an invitation. Something you can keep just for you. Something you can make your own.
That said, no matter how welcoming the invitation, the blank page can feel a little scary sometimes. It's easy to feel stuck.
Maybe you have writer's block. Or maybe you just need somewhere to start.
So this, my friends, is for everyone who wants to journal but doesn't know where to start: a handful of simple but inviting journaling prompts to get you started!
Grab your journal and try writing about...
The present moment
Write about where you are right now. Describe what’s around you, what you see, smell and hear. Write how you feel physically, paying attention to the different parts of your body, and what feels good or what feels uncomfortable. Write about how you feel emotionally.
A better place
Write about where you’d rather be. Would you like to be on a beach somewhere? With friends or family you miss? Are you around people but you’d rather be alone? Or on an adventure somewhere? Write about the places that feel good to you. Or where you might like to go someday. Or the kind of world you'd like to see.
Write about something new that you tried recently. It can be a new skill, a project, a life change, or even a new food you tried. (Hey, journaling might be your something new!) What have you learned so far from trying this new thing? What was interesting about it? How does it feel to be trying something new? What else would you like to try?
Write about some stuff you like. What are the simple things that bring a smile to your face – a cup of tea, your child’s laugh, petting a dog or cat? Make a list of the things that come to mind. Or pick one thing and write about it: describe it in detail and reflect on why it brings you joy.
Write about a time you did something courageous -- a large or small act that took guts. How did it feel? Why was it hard or scary? Why is it important to you? What about this story makes you feel proud? Do you think your act of courage could help someone else someday?
Write about something or someone that makes you laugh. Can you think of a time you had a good laugh? What was so funny about it? Write down the details and see if you can catch yourself laughing again, just thinking about it.
Heroes & Helpers
Write about a person who has made a difference to you or affected your life in a positive way. What was/is inspiring or meaningful about this person? What characteristics about that person do you admire? What would you like to tell this person if you had the chance?