Monday, 28 April 2014

Journals: Writing For Yourself

Recently, I've noticed more and more people are eager to write and stay creative. There are loads of different ways to do this. Collages, drawing, DIY, craft...

One of the best ways - I've found - is keeping a journal. Be it a fashion, music, or personal journal, the key is to write for yourself.

Here are a few tips and tricks to get you started and keep your journal going:

Stationery - This one is pretty important. If you like what you're working with it will keep you motivated. Take the time to dig out the essentials from your hefty stash or head to the shops and find a brand spanking new one. If you're a little unsure, play it safe. A pen/pencil and notebook will go far and are all you need if you're just starting out!

Ignore the 'be cool' thought - Admittedly, this can be tricky! When I first took to writing for myself I was still stuck in the mindset of leaving things out that I thought sounded silly. That mindset in itself was silly! If you want to let out your (only slightly) lame side, go right ahead! This is for you, remember!

Make the time - Just like with anything new it's easy to feel you can't fit it in to your already hectic life. Keeping a journal can make a positive impact in the long run - it helps with your own growth, linking feelings to behaviour and keeps memories in tact. They're fantastic to look back on and see progress in yourself and your writing. 
In short, setting aside half an hour a few times a week can make a real difference!

Helpful distractions - Sometimes silence isn't so golden - it can be a little off putting. Background noise can help your writing flow greatly. Tv, music, or a film have all been known to spark inspiration. Below are links to some of my favourite music to write to:

Stay interested - It's easy for keeping a journal to feel like a chore. You can jazz it up by collecting bits and bobs. Receipts, postcards, petals, notes and pictures will make brilliant accompaniments to your writing! 

These are just the basics. As you get further in to writing there are a multitude of doors wide open with opportunities!

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