There are countless styles and methods centered around journal keeping, and this is because of our own uniqueness. Sticking to one style is then actually pretty hard to do, especially for me. I am known to change my wiring style and formats constantly, yet it all centers on my mood and how much time I have before getting dragged back into the crazy life pit. (You all been there, right? It ain’t pretty. Yes, I said ain’t.) So, here are a few techniques that I’m currently using to keep myself writing:
1. Note taking in pocket journals
After making my pocket sized traveler’s notebook, I stopped jotting notes on random pieces of paper and sticky notes, which would then be shoved into the closest bag or pocket. (And of which I’d lose half of by end of day.) With my pocket notebook, I am able to jot down ideas for future posts, journal entries, stories, poems, quotes, and just how I feel overall. This helps as a quick getaway (without actually getting away), and works as a reference. (On a side note, this is also a great memory technique, because by writing things down I forget fewer things.)
2. Writing at night
Not everyone’s a night person, but I am for the most part. (Unless I had a rough day.) The quietness that comes at night is a great reprieve after all the noises of the day, the screaming children (the neighbors’, not mine), barking dogs (the roommate’s), the TV, cars, motorcycles with no mufflers that set off car alarms in passing (the neighbor’s . . . bastard), the dings and beeps of registers, and power tools (the acrylic cutter, like nails on chalkboard, or worse) and so many others. So, I’ve made it a habit to retreat to my room at night and write as much as I can in my notebooks, also, pull out the notes of the day and scan them for inspiration. I sometimes write half a page, a page, and on good days 2-3 pages. (On another side note, keeping notes and then writing a bit in the larger notebook helps me with that “writer’s guilt” that some of us are plagued with, where we feel like we’re being very unproductive. Ain’t I a little cheater?) If you’re a morning person, you can also designate a bit of time to writing early in the day, before anyone else is up and running.
3. Seeking inspiration
Staring at a blank page and getting cold sweats is nothing new to me, and to many of you. Something about the blankness, the emptiness, just seems so intimidating to the point where I want to do anything but stain the page with my mental diarrhea. (Now there’s an image.) One way I’ve gotten myself out of this frozen state is by ignoring the page for a few minutes, and scrolling Tumblr or Facebook for a while. Also, watching Youtube videos on other’s notebooks. Seeing other’s work makes me feel better because just as pretty as their work is, there are also some that are plain, or well, not overly decorated. And that’s okay, because it makes me think that I can try my best and just be me on the page. One thing, for example, that I do now is use a lot more washi tape. I decorate my notebooks more, and no longer keep back the child within me. So, if you ever look at my notebooks, you can see that there are really decked out pages, and then pages with nothing but my writing.
4. Interacting with others online
Like the point before, seeing other’s work has proven very useful to me inspirationally. Interacting with them is even better, because not only do you get some great feedback on your work, but you can also meet like minded individuals and discover new ideas, styles, and supplies to channel into your own work. One example that comes to mind instantly is the whole Midori Notebook craze. When I first got my notebook, I had no idea it was so popular. I just remember seeing it on Amazon, watching a few videos on Youtube, and then coughing up the money for it (with some buyers guilt, I might add). Soon after getting it, I discovered just how popular the notebook got, and how many people started interacting with one another because of it. Pretty cool, no? I will admit, when I first saw how popular they got, I felt as if I had inadvertently followed the crowd. But you know what, I didn’t and even if I did, that’s okay because I love my notebook and plan to make a few more now that I have the proper tools to do so.
Well, these are just a few things that I’ve recently been doing to further my journaling. There are more but I don’t want to create such a long list, if you have any suggestions or ideas, or even questions, please don’t hesitate in commenting!
Have a great week everyone!