Learning how to write a journal is not as hard as you think!
Keeping a journal, for whatever reason, is more about whatever YOU want to record, rather than following an outline or a set pattern.
It's true that many people find that having a structured journal helps them get their thoughts and words flowing, rather than staring at a blank page.
As a writer, I LOVE a blank page, but there have been many occasions in my life when a blank page was rather intimidating.
Don't let yourself be put off by a sense of having to "do it right" because there really isn't a wrong way when it comes to Christian journals.
You may have come to this page with no interest in spiritual journaling, you just want a general idea of how to write a journal. No worries! These tips can help you, too.
1. First of all, you need a journal!
Any notebook will do, but I recommend a purpose built book with lined pages and an attractive cover.
There's just something about a nice looking journal that kind of inspires you to get down to business. :)
2. Next, you need an appropriate writing instrument.
I know it sounds silly to even mention it, but hear me out. Of course, you can use a pencil, but if you use a pen, you want to choose carefully. You don't want a pen or marker that will bleed through your pages or create a mirror image on the opposite facing page once your journal is closed.
You don't need anything fancy. A good ball point pen will do. I just want you to think it through before making your choice so you don't choose unwisely and then be disappointed if you feel you've "ruined" your lovely journal.
3. Decide what kind of journal you're going to keep.
There are all kinds of creative journaling ideas you could use when making journals. You can stick with a certain "type" or simply "wing it" and make a combo of a variety of different types of journal entries.
You may be tempted to dither for quite some time making this decision, but that is really unnecessary. Nothing about journaling is set in stone. Here are some more pages I wrote that have various ideas to get you started.
If you get tired or bored with the choice you made, you can always change it up and try something different until you discover what works best for you.
4. Start writing!
Yep, that's it. The best way to start making journals is to just begin. Don't wait for "profound thoughts" to hit you. Start with some something simple. Simple journaling is the best way to learn how.
For example, if you are going to begin spiritual journaling, you may simply want to read a chapter in the Bible and then write down your thoughts on the Scriptures.
Too difficult? Start with just a verse. What does it mean to you? How can you apply it to your life? Asking yourself these questions are some simple journaling techniques that can jump start your journey.
Now that you know how to write a journal, ready to get started? Here are a few beautiful choices if you'd like to buy your first journal...