Writing has always been something I’ve enjoyed. From a young age, I loved the idea of having a diary and wrote in it almost every day, spilling all of my secrets… well, the type of secrets that a 7-year-old would keep.
As I got older, I moved away from journaling and found myself immersed in creative writing. I wrote multiple short stories and poems – all of which are somewhere in a box in my parent’s basement.
When I moved away from college, writing fell off my plate. I was captivated by my math, science, and engineering classes, not giving a second thought to writing. It wasn’t until my Junior year that I started writing on a regular basis again – I started this blog.
Now, after blogging for almost 3 years I want to continue to build my writing skills. That is why journaling every day is one of my goals for 2018.
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To prepare for this endeavor, I started a list of questions, prompts, and ideas to write about. If you’re like me and want to journal on a consistent basis this year, then you might find this list helpful.
I think that writing about a variety of topics is a great way to strengthen your creative mind. The best part is that you can literally write about anything. I designed these categories just to keep things a bit organized and easy to sift through.
The prompts in this category really have a wide variety in regards to time. The beautiful thing about writing is that you can reflect on the past no matter if it was years ago or hours ago. I think that reflection is extremely important for us to learn and grow as humans. Without having a good understanding of what has happened, we can’t learn and move forward with this new knowledge.
There are so many things you can ask yourself to get yourself thinking. From deep philosophies to mathematical theories to even day-to-day interactions there is so much to think about and dig into.
Writing in a journal doesn’t always have to be writing. I often find myself doodling in the corner or taking a whole page to sketch something out. I think that writing and drawing go hand-in-hand. One should always be found near the other.
If you know me, then you know I’m a list maker. I’ll even make lists after I’ve finished something just to have the satisfaction of crossing it off! Needless to say, have a list category is necessary for my journal. I love to jot down all my ideas into one long list that I can always go back and check if I find myself needing some inspiration.
Now that we’ve covered all different types of categories that these journaling ideas fall into, let’s move onto the actual prompts/questions that you can use on a daily basis.
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Daily journaling and keeping a personal diary is something I’ve wanted to do for a few years now. I’ve just never made the time or put in the effort. In the past, I’ve tried a journal app called Day One, but recently I’ve been using an Erin Condren Hardbound Notebook (very similar to a Moleskine notebook). No matter if you want to journal electronically or on paper – both are great options!
Journaling is a way of both expressing and finding yourself at the same time. I hope that by journaling on a regular basis I will grow as a person and achieve a greater understanding of the world. I’m always on the hunt for new journal prompts, which ones are your favorite?