Do you find your writing life is like that saying “It’s either famine or feast”, but you end up feeling forever hungry?
There is a proven reliable way to be more consistent in your writing. It can help you write more often, more richly and more creatively, and will cost you next to nothing.
What is it? Use a creative writing journal.
So what it is that exactly and how can it help you?
A creative writing journal is simply a notebook of some kind that you use to store your writing ideas and fragments, which you can then develop into larger pieces of writing.
It can be a beautiful leather journal, decorated in beads and sequins, or simply a plain school exercise book.
What you use isn’t that important. What is important is HOW you use it. What’s even MORE important is that you do actually use it and not just leave it to look pretty gathering dust on your shelf.
Here are 5 top tips to get the most from your creative journal:
1. Always carry it with you. There’s no point having a writing journal if it’s in a drawer at home. As a writer, it’s your living tool, you should count it amongst your keys, your shoes and your lungs as begin the important objects to never leave home without!
2. Capture every idea. Don’t judge your ideas when they come to you, and dismiss them before they have a chance to evolve. Write down every little seed for a writing idea in your journal, as soon as it comes to you. You then have the choice how to develop them later.
3. Be organised. Many people divide their writing journals into a few sections to make it easier to organise their ideas. For example if you’re a novelist you may use a section for snippets of dialogue, a section for scene descriptions and a section for character ideas. Experiment and find what works for you.
4. Follow the energy. When you come to develop one of the ideas in your writing journal, don’t go through it sequentially feeling obliged to use every idea in the same order you wrote them. Scan through and pick something that feels exciting or interesting at the time, go with the energy of the words that jump out and mean something to you.
5. Review ideas regularly. If you just capture ideas in your writing journal then never look back through it to use them, you may as well have not written down the ideas in the first place. Flip through your latest ideas every few weeks at least, and look through the whole journal periodically too. An idea you jotted down a year ago may now be exactly what you’re ready to expand upon.
Using a creative writing journal is the only way to reach the levels of creative writing you’re truly capable of.
Get yourself a journal today Digital Journaling and start using these 5 tips to see the impact it can make to your creative writing.