Writing Is Easier Than You Think: How journaling can help you be more creative

Updated: Jan 25

We all have times in our lives when we need to be a little more creative or need to come up with some fresh ideas. Whether it’s for a new project at work, a new course that you want to create, writing a blog post (like this one!) or planning your next big adventure. The good news is that being creative isn’t as hard as it seems. In fact, everyone is creative and everyone can learn how to harness their creativity and use it at will.

Journaling can be a powerful tool for creativity. The simple act of writing things down can help you break through writer's block and create opportunities for new ideas to form.

What are the benefits of journaling?

The health benefits of journaling are vast, but in terms of creative expression, there are some key benefits that come to mind. Here are three ways that journaling can boost your creativity:

1. Journaling releases your inner critic. When you write down your ideas and thoughts, you are removing a roadblock in your brain — the part that is constantly criticizing and judging everything you do. This allows you to let go of any shame or fear of failure, and instead to focus on enjoying the process of creation!

2. Writing things down helps you remember them better. While it may seem like we're living in an age where nobody forgets anything anymore — with smartphones and laptops always at hand — this isn't always true! We often take mental notes about things we need to remember, only to forget them later because we didn't write them down somewhere immediately after taking them in. Journaling helps with this problem by forcing you to write everything down as soon as possible.

3. You'll be inspired by what you read back later on.

A lot of people don't journal because they think they have to be a writer. But that's the wrong way to think about journaling. It's not about words — it's about pictures. It's like an artist who paints a picture, then draws a face on it, then puts hair on the face, and so on.

The truth is that your creativity is more powerful than your ability to write. You can use creativity to solve all sorts of problems in life, from getting out of debt to losing weight or building a business — even if you're not particularly creative when it comes to writing.

In fact, one reason people start journaling is because it helps them express themselves better in writing. Your ability to communicate with others intellectually doesn't necessarily need to improve for you to start getting great benefits from journaling.

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How do you get started?

There are many ways to get started with journaling. Start with whatever seems most interesting or easiest for you. Some people prefer keeping an online diary; others prefer a paper notebook or an app on their smartphone. The important thing is just to start!

As long as the structure is there, creativity is not necessary. In fact, even if you're not feeling creative, the act of writing down your thoughts will often give you some clarity or inspiration.

How to journal for creativity?

The act of writing down your thoughts is an important part of journaling. The more you write, the easier it becomes to find words. If you struggle with this aspect of journaling, try using a prompt like "I feel ___ when I think about ___." You can take this a step further by keeping a list of prompts on hand so that no matter what you happen to be thinking about, it's easy to write about it in your journal.

Another thing that helps me when I'm writing is knowing that I don't have to worry about grammar or anything like that. This seems really obvious, but it can be really hard for me to just sit down and start writing and not worry about how my words look on the page. Having a free and clear mind helps me write more freely and creatively.

If you're still having trouble getting into the habit of writing every day, try setting aside a specific time for journaling instead of doing it whenever you get the urge. Maybe it's first thing in the morning or the before you go to bed.

Many people have the desire to start writing in a journal or diary, but it can be intimidating to put pen to paper. How do I start journaling? What should I write about? How often should I write in my journal?

If you're looking for some answers and inspiration, here are a few steps to get you started:

Choose a place. Find somewhere where you'll be undisturbed. You could keep your journal on your bedside table, in your desk drawer, or even in the spare room. Just make sure that you'll have enough privacy.

Prepare a journaling space. Light is important for setting a mood, so make sure that the lighting is right for you. If you need some extra light, consider using a lamp or even candles to set the right mood. You may want to find some inspiring music as well to listen to while you're writing in your journal.

Make it enjoyable. Some people like to take their journals with them when they travel, while others prefer to stay home and write in their journals every day after work. Think about what works best for you and then just go with it!

Title your new diary entry. It's good practice to title your entries so that you can refer back later on if needed.

Journaling has a lot of benefits. It’s easy to do, it can inspire you to better yourself, and it can help you unlock ideas you never knew you had. All in all, I think it’s worth the effort—and I hope some of the tips I’ve shared have helped you see it in a new light. Best of luck with your creative endeavors!