Getting Started for Authors Tip: How to Use Journaling to Release Creativity

The 31 Days of Author Tips features the advice from Jenn Grace and other authors, publishers, and people in the writing industry. From hearing Publish Your Purpose Press Founder and CEO,  Jenn T. Grace, you’ll learn the basics of the writing process as well as more intricate details and tips not found anywhere else. You’ll learn how to be better prepared when you set out to write your story. Whether you are writing a memoir or any non-fiction where a piece of your story is shared, you’ll be better equipped for success after having listened to these tips.

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Author Tip Transcript

Guest Tipster:  Fern Pessin, Manuscript Strategist

Everyday you’re starting over when you sit down to write. Staring at a computer screen and trying to think “what do I want to write today?” can be daunting. Some days you lack the spark, other days your hands just fly over the keyboard as your brain is flush with what you want to say.

When you find yourself blocked, Julia Cameron in The Writer’s Way recommended getting through three pages of journaling every day to open up your creative mind. The content of your journaling pages is stream-of-consciousness which could include everything from “I don’t want to write journal pages today” to “the dishwasher needs to be unloaded”, write out a dream, plan for the future, gratitude for the day, to “Sue B. told me about a great resource for Chapter Ten of my book, I have to follow-up.” Etc.

Homework of writing three pages can be the rationale you need to avoid doing all the “shoulds” on your daily activity list and permits you to just write. You can tell your family, partner, etc. that you have homework to do.

Research has shown that writing by hand (pen on paper) vs. typing on the computer is additionally beneficial to opening your creative mind, and unclogging writer’s block.

Carrying a small notebook with a topic and/or a date on top or each page, puts out your intention into the universe to fully consider something specific, and soon you will find thoughts come to you. You will be able to go deeper and flesh it out more when you have time. It’s the kindling “starter” for later fiery writing sessions.

If a reporter were interviewing you about your topic, what would you want him/her to ask you? Then you can answer those questions, which fills in content for your book.

A book like 300 Writing Prompts can inspire creativity for starting a productive session.

Even if you think you’re the least creative person on earth, working with these kind of kick-starters can unleash creative words or thoughts.

If you don’t take notes, you can ask Siri or Alexa or other dictation gadgets to make notes as you shout out a thought or two.

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