If you are new to journaling, you probably may have asked:
- How do you start journaling?
- Is there a proper or right way to do it?
- When can you start?
- What materials do you need?
- How can you succeed at journaling?
I started journal writing in my late teens over 30 years ago (yes, that’s how old I am) when journals weren’t in style and were called by a different name. Yes, diary! And guess what, I used plain old ballpoint pens and lined notebooks. My journaling practice included writing my thoughts and feelings, inspiring quotes, expenses, contact information, daily to-do list and accomplishments, sketches, stories, insights, class notes, outlines of things to write, relevant facts and figures, among other forgettable stuff.
My daughter started journaling at elementary some seven years ago with just a pen and paper. It was a lot of girlie stuff, love notes to me, doodles, and stories. She still does now that she’s at Grade 10 and oh, dear! She has become so much better. She does it everyday non-stop. She loves art so her journals are full of it.
We both weren’t well aware that what we were doing was journal writing. We just started it.
We didn’t think if there was even a proper or right way to write our thoughts, feelings and creations on paper. We just did it.
We started when we felt ready. We didn’t give a thought about when. We just did.
We used whatever was there. Nothing fancy. Just plain old paper and anything that writes on it.
You may do that, too.
Journaling is simple. It knows no rules.
People create their own rules and at times, businesses, as well, to entice people to go for journaling products that encourage people to start and sustain a journaling habit. It feels great to use colorful and visually inspiring journals along with accessories like ink pens, coloring pens and markers, stickers, stamp pads, sketch pads, dividers, acid-free papers, watercolors, gellipads, glitters, and various other embellishments.
But you don’t have to.
And it’s really up to you.
So about those questions, the answer is – Just start.
There is no right or wrong with journaling and how you do it is really up to you.
If writing long entries is what you enjoy or find helpful, do so.
Even the format is up to you.
You may jot down a few bullets or lines to serve as your memory aid.
However you do it, find a medium that’s comfortable.