The Art & Practice of Journaling free mini-course from Simple Scrapper offers a guided path to better scrapbook journaling.
We all face hard days, times, periods (decades?) in our lives. It is simply part of the ebb and flow of the world and our place in it. Scrapbooking about those less-than-happy times can test the inner strength of even the most experienced journaler.
When we begin to explore the hard stuff it can feel like falling – it’s uncontrolled and scary. The uncertainty of what we might uncover often stops us from working through it, from going deeper. So we avoid those topics and often do not journal about them privately, let alone create scrapbook pages about these stories.
I’d like to invite you to embrace the idea of writing without a safety net, of digging into these subjects that might be harder to process. To do this with ease, you can use a type of exercise called freewriting. Most often this is a timed exercise where you write on a specific topic in a stream-of-consciousness format. You write without regard to spelling, grammar or even making coherent statements.
Freewriting is a method to start connecting feelings with facts through writing very quickly. By not spending too much time thinking, you can move through may interconnected ideas while minimizing the paralyzing effects of emotion.
Note: Freewriting is a tool you can use to generate ideas as you explore a particular topic. While morning pages is a type of a freewriting exercise (with its own constraints), here I am discussing them as two separate tools to improve your scrapbook journaling.
Use the idea of timed freewriting to go out of your comfort zone and explore a difficult topic. Then, read over your writing to identify truths, themes or other new ideas you might want to expand upon with journaling on a scrapbook page.
- Were you able to keep writing without stopping?
- Did you discover anything new from the experience?
- What adjectives would you use to describe writing about a difficult topic using this method?