The Art & Practice of Journaling free mini-course from Simple Scrapper offers a guided path to better scrapbook journaling.
I so often hear from scrapbookers that they struggle with journaling because they “are not writers”. The most powerful advice I’ve ever received is this: to become a writer, write.
On the surface it sounds so simple, but I know it can be a challenge. What this really means is that to feel more comfortable writing, you need to cultivate the habit. You need to develop a routine that gets you writing regularly. You must practice.
Nurturing the habit of writing is not about creating publishable pieces every single day. Consider the analogy of learning an instrument. Every song you play for practice is not worthy of a concert all and it doesn’t need to be. You practice to improve your skills so that you may use and share them, later.
Through practice, you can develop the ability for words to flow more naturally when you want to journal on your scrapbook pages. There is one tried-and-true method of practice you’ll hear many creatives discuss: morning pages.
The premise, developed by Julia Cameron and explained in her book The Artist’s Way, is to write three long-hand pages each morning as a creative warm-up. It is not intended that you will craft elegant prose, but rather you will shake off the burdens of your mind and center yourself for a new day.
Designate a simple notebook to initiate a two week experiment with morning pages. While tools like OhLife and computers in general can help you write faster, I want to encourage you to experience the full benefit of this practice by hand-writing with a pen on paper.
- Have you tried morning pages before? What was the result?
- What kind of notebook did you choose? Any special reason?
- What challenges do you see getting in the way of your experience? How can you overcome them?