Journal keeping is something I have been doing for around two years now and now I’ve started, I can’t seem to stop. Though, that’s not a bad thing. So for today’s post, I thought I’d do a post on how to start a journal!
So, why start a journal?
Journal keeping can be used for many reasons. Maybe you’re someone who likes to write and therefore want to write even more. Maybe you have a hard time (like me!) remembering what you did yesterday. Maybe you purely want to keep a log of all these years!
Choose a journal
Choosing a journal/notebook to use is basically a form of art itself. Believe it not, it’s also very important. For your first journal, you want a journal which you can finish, so preferably a short one, unless you know you’re able to dedicate yourself to a bigger one. Of course, you don’t have to finish your journals, you could leave them unfinished, but finishing a journal is incredibly satisfying. You also want one you like. If you use a notebook with a cover you hate and just don’t like, then the more likely you are not going to want to use it. Black or plain covers are great as you can decorate it yourself. But there are plenty of already beautiful journals out there if you’re not feeling up to a DIY. Paperchase is a great place to buy journals, They can be quite pricey but they’re beautiful!
You may also want to consider if you want lined pages or not. And there are other factors like if you’re planning on adding watercolour illustrations, for example, you will want paper that can handle that.
2. Choose a pen
Again this might not seem important but it is. You want to find a pen you like and find comfortable writing with. You may not be fussed about that, and if so, then feel free to move on. But if you’re someone who’s writing pages and pages a day, you’re going to want to find a comfortable pen. You may also want to consider the type of ink (biro or fountain pen ink, or gel) and colour. Do you want to write in all black, or pink or maybe multi-coloured?
3. Starting the journal
It can feel very awkward at first, not knowing what to write and how to write it. Getting used to it takes time, so go ahead and just write.
As a starting point, write as if you were writing to your friend. This tip can really help getting the thoughts to page process and how to actually write down them thoughts. Remember, you don’t have to share this journal with anyone if you don’t want to. Most journals are often private.
And obviously you’re journal doesn’t just have to be writing. There are so many types of journaling styles and you can include them into your everyday journal. For example adding illustrations/doodles.
Stick things in. Write about them.
Look up journal prompts on Pinterest if you’re stuck on topics to write about. Journal prompts can be great to look back on too and see how your answers have changed.
Getting confident with your journal is a process that takes time so the main thing, like I’ve said, is just to write. Bullet point your day if you have to. The more you write, the more you get used to it.
4. Keeping it up
This is another hard part. Maybe the hardest part. It’s easy to be excited for the first few days, but stopping can happened quite easily. I recommend finding time to put it into your routine and do it everyday. It doesn’t have to be pages and pages, even just a sentence will do if that’s all you feel up to. Or as I mentioned about, bullet point. As long as you write, anything will do.
Good luck to all those journaling! Have fun!
Lucy 🙂 x