For today’s prompt, write about your past in relationship to creative expression. What are your earliest memories of being creative? Describe some great opportunities or missed opportunities for creative expression? What do you think helped or hindered you from being creative? Do you have creative people in your family? How have they inspired you? These are general questions. Write about the topic and see where it leads you. Happy journaling.
Instead I’m just going to show what I’ve been doing for prep with NaNoWriMo
For today’s prompt, think about and honor the people (personal friends, family members, writers, singers, artists, spiritual leaders, speakers) who inspire you in any way. Write a list of those people, and if you have time, add a few sentences about how each person inspires you. Happy journaling.
My father: He taught me to think for myself and to push myself. He also attempted to teach me not to take myself so seriously.
Josh: He loves me for me, and is just wonderful and amazing.
My kids: they’re goofy and crazy and always keep me guessing!
For today’s prompt write a list of 10 burning questions for yourself about your life. I suggest not overthinking your list of questions, and you probably should not think about trying to answer those questions right now. Just write whatever questions come to mind. Remember, you’re writing in your journal. No one else should see your list, and you don’t have to answer to anyone about the questions you raise. You may find the this list troubling to write, but the questions might a useful to return to for future journal entries.
In order to let our creative side flourish, we often need to set parameters for ourselves in order to pursue and achieve the things we really want to achieve. Often times we simply need to keep different types of spaces as clear as possible so that we don’t get distracted or held back from what we’re passionate about.
For today’s prompt, write and/or draw three signs that you would hang on your home door, work door, or even your forehead to let others know what you allow and don’t allow in your life. For example, a sign might be, “No Gossiping” or “Please Knock First.”
Now write about your signs and how you will enforce them, or how you already enforce them. Are there ways you can communicate your signs without actually posting them? Or should one or more of them be physically posted?
Continuing on the theme of “Unleashing Your Creative Mind Through Journal Writing” write a letter to your inner critic, that voice that whispers to you when think about wanting to do something creative or different. Think about when you heard the voice before and what it said to you. Talk back to it the form of a letter or a dialogue between you and the critic.
Dear Internal Critic,
Stop with the doubt. I can do this. I can write. I can finish a story. I can do all of that. Stop telling me that I’m going to fail. That no one is going to like the story. That I just suck.
This time, I’m not going to fail. I’m not going to hate what I do.
This time, I’m going to kick ass, take names, and just do it!