How to Start a Creative Journal

Now you’ve discovered the benefits of keeping a journal as a creative person, you may be wondering where to start. What should you write in the journal and how often should you be using it? These are just a couple of common questions you may have.

If you’re unsure how to start a creative journal, below you’ll discover some of the best tips and advice you can follow.

Determining how to use the journal

The first thing you need to decide is how you want to use the journal. Will it be a place to simply record your ideas, or would you prefer it to be a place you can practice your creativity? Maybe you’re looking for a place to set goals for your creative projects?

The goal of the creative journal will make a big difference to how you should use it. Therefore, it’s important to establish its purpose early on. 

Consider Free writing

One of the best ways to start a creative journal, is to practice free writing. This is basically where you take the time to sit down and start writing. Just write whatever comes into your head. 

You don’t need to follow a certain structure or have any prior ideas of what to write. The things you jot down don’t even need to make sense. 

Write as little or as much you want to, on any topic which pops into your head. You’ll be surprised how much creativity this type of writing can conjure up.

Questions to ask yourself

If free writing doesn’t appeal to you and you need more a prompt to get you started, there’s a few questions you can ask yourself. 

Just a few ideas include:

  • What scares me?
  • What inspires me?
  • When was the last time I had fun?

These seemingly random questions can have a surprising impact on your creativity. They’re great prompts to get you to write in as little or as much detail as you like. Just the process of answering these questions can help to unleash your creative side. 

Remember, there are absolutely no rules you need to follow. A creative journal should never be forced into sticking to a certain structure, or limited in any way.      

The above is some of the best ways to get started with a creative journal. Often, starting the journal is the hardest part. Once you’ve actually made a start, it becomes much easier to keep it up and continue to nurture your creativity. 

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