day 10 – for the journaler

In thoughts on things on August 25, 2011 at 3:39 pm


for those of you who journal, try to journal, or wish you’d journal – an excerpt from a How To piece on the hobby that I wrote a few years ago. 

it’s encouraging for me today!

“Journal outside the box. Or journal inside the box, if it’s what you prefer. Whether it’s a doodle of the back of the person’s head in front of you or one singular line from a song you heard playing while shopping in Wal*Mart, I have learned that anything goes. Don’t hold yourself up to a standard of what your writing should look like or be about. In my opinion, it doesn’t even matter if what you write or draw was inspired by anything. Even if it is a product of sheer boredom and a blank page, write it, draw it, color it, smudge it, cut it, paste it. It still constitutes as journaling, because those things, however meaningless they could be to you, still say something about you, the writer.

That one doodle of a tree in the lower left-hand corner of the page may mean nothing to you. But you may look back months later and remember that you drew it in your Biology class because you could not possibly listen to the professor drone on anymore. And then you recall you could not wait to get out of your blue jeans and into sweatpants and watch reruns of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman on TV. Then you might remember that it was a Monday and that’s the day you talked to your mom on the phone about your financial problems and ended up arguing and suddenly, that stupid, pencil-doodled tree represents you. It comes to life and has a story just in your rendering of it. So whatever it is, a line from a poem you like or something you heard someone say in passing, a picture you cut out from a magazine or a more conventional list of things you did that day, whether it’s in pen, colored pencil, or is the product of scissors and glue, anything goes.”


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