Digital vs. Analog Journaling

via The Argument for a Digital Diary

Carolyn Nicole had a nice post on why a digital journal has its advantages over a traditional paper journal.

I liked her point that a digital journal is always with you. For me, that also means I can search and read a digital entry whether at work, home or on the road. I love my paper journals, but also love combining the two.

Day One is my go to app for journaling. By all means, give it a try and see what you think about digital journaling.

School Yourself in the Writing Field

I just came across an interesting article on journaling and writing at the “Journal For You” blog.

School Yourself in the Writing Field.

This is good advice whether you want to write, illustrate or pursue any creative endeavor.  When you treat your creative pursuit as a form or exercise, it will free you up to be creative.

Whenever I have faced writer’s block, the one thing that has kept me creating was to write and draw in my sketchbooks whether I felt like it or note. Pretty soon, those creative juices come back.

Don’t wait for the muse to strike you. Get creative in your journal or sketchbook today, whether you feel like it or not.

Morning Pages Reboot

The last several mornings, I’ve taken up an old habit. It’s been good to get back into it, and a joy to have a habit come back that is a good one.

Several years ago, I read a book entitled, “The Artists Way” It is a book on creativity by Julia Cameron. One of the prescriptions in the book is to start every day with morning pages. It is three pages of longhand writing you do as soon as you wake up. I came back to it after several months and I’m really glad I did. There are several reasons why I find this habit helpful.

It Clears my Head

I can get a lot of nagging thoughts swirling around in my mind. Did I pay that bill? Do I need to get that flea medicine for the dog? Is four cups of coffee too much for this average Joe? I can clear some of those thoughts out of my cranium if I just write them down and let things settle.

It Helps me Focus

It seems every where I go, people are complaining they have Attention Deficit Disorder. I’m sure some people have a legitimate case of ADD, but I’m beginning to wonder if it’s our society that can’t stay focused for more than a few minutes. Writing things down in the morning helps me focus on some of the important things of the day. It also helps me see some patterns when I go back and read what’s been on my mind the last few weeks.

It Gets the Creative Juices Flowing

Most of what I’ve done has been in the visual arts. Yet this writing habit has made me realize I can paint pictures in words too. It feels good for me to get things out in writing and see if there are any pictures that need illustrated among the text. I am constantly mulling over whether the pictures inspire the words or the words inspire the pictures. Getting some words down gives me a starting point. It’s a lot like doodling on paper to see what shows up. For me, morning pages are a form of doodling.

I encourage you to start the habit. I would also encourage you to find

“The Artist’s Way.” It’s a good book to read when you’re looking for a creative spark, no matter what type of creative work you are in to.