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7 Fantastic Tips On Keeping A Creative Journal In 2019

Journal writing is a trending practice. If you are not aware of what I am talking about, let me tell you in detail. For starters, creative/illustrated journal writing is different from diary writing.

When you write into your diary, it’s a plain script that you pen down. Basically a written version of your entire day.

But journal writing is much interesting. It is a creative process of penning down something that makes you smile in your day to day life.

It can be an illustrated journal or a collage or simply sticking of newspaper cuttings.

The motto behind keeping a journal is replicating your day onto paper in a creative fashion.

Journal writing helps me sleep well!

If you have enough time in the morning and wish to start your day creatively, you can go with the creative journal writing.

Let’s hop onto the 5 useful tips on how to begin a journal and maintain one in 2019.

1. Explore

You don’t need to be Ranbir Kapoor from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani to have a super cool travel journal. You can discover what you are fond of and just kick start your creative journal.

So what, if it’s the second month of the year.  It’s better late than never.

You are born unique. Think different. Some may like painting, others may like collages. Some enjoy writing proverbs for the day. Some may simply like scribbling with colour pencils or sketch pens.

Use any of the above methods and start off with your creative journal ideas.

2.Think out of the box

Don’t be scared if you draw or paint like a nursery kid. The entire motto behind this is you enjoy journaling.

At times you may laugh at your own art, but believe me, that’s all worth it.

I’ve stuck my train tickets into my journal while I was on a picnic in school. Think different. Don’t copy. As your day cannot be the same as your friend’s, your journal cannot be the same as someone else.

3. Follow no rules

We follow rules in our day to day life. It does get boring sometimes. As a getaway from those hectic and boring hours, follow no rules while you sit and write in your journal.

Set yourself free. Let your imaginations roam in all directions. Play with colours and live those moments spent in drawing period in school.

I’m weak in drawing so I stick cuttings from old magazines.

4. Flaunt it

If we were 10 years from now, I would’ve said, “Exhibit your journal when your friends come over at your house”.

Today we can just click a picture of the page and upload it as Whatsapp story, Insta story, Facebook story and also send it over to our friends.

Flaunt it on social media. This will motivate you to continue and follow the journal writing as a routine.

5. Take pride that you’ve maintained a journal

I don’t buy a special book for journaling. This year I found a diary from my father’s cupboard. I was thrilled to read the cover page. It says, “THE DIARY OF AN INNOVATOR”.

I got a readymade cover page. These words encourage me to sit back every night before going to bed and play around with the journal.

If you start off today and after a few days turn the pages of your journal, you’ll feel proud of yourself.

Take pride in whatever you do towards making it a creative journal.

6. Stress Buster

This is my personal experience. It may work for a few or may not.

Journaling is truly a stress buster. If your work leaves with a headache at the end of the day, believe me, journaling will work as a therapy.

You’ll forget all your office tensions while you paint, draw or simply write in your journal. It is therapeutic because it takes carefree involvement in doing it.

7. Be a kid

Observe children when they paint. They’re carefree and enjoy what they paint.

Once in a day, it is noteworthy to think and act like a child. According to a recent university-developed personality test, kids are novelty-seekers. This character trait drops by half till we reach adulthood.

Kids are expressive. They don’t hold grudges and live a happy life. Give a child a cardboard, you’ll see an uninterrupted act of experimental session.

So, what are you waiting for? Get going and start your hunt for a journal. Create. Experiment. Enjoy.

Let me know in the comment section below if you’ve actually started with and how it feels.

If you already maintain one, share these interesting blog with your friends and peers.

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Shraddha Rane is a blogger from Mumbai, India. She graduated from the University of Mumbai and enjoys writing and spending time with her friends.

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4 thoughts on “7 Fantastic Tips On Keeping A Creative Journal In 2019

  1. Words are magical enough to compel someone to at least think over writing and maintaining a journal.
    Thanks Shraddha 🙂 !!!

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