Journaling

Five books piled up: Leo Tolestoy's Calendar of Wisdom, Pema Chodron's Comfortable with Uncertainty, a gratitude journal, a 5-year journal, and a small commonplace notebook

Journaling can be easy!

If you're ready to get started with journaling and would like some structure, I recommend a five-year journal or gratitude journal to get started. Both have limited writing space and reward you with pages filled fairly quickly. I love the Ice Plant 5-Year Diary with it's creamy pages and fabric cover. My gratitude journal is the Chronicle Books Gratitude Journal. The prompts are nice and it takes fountain pen well!

Resources

Blog

I've written a blog post about 11 different journals you can keep. Click here to read it.

Books

I've read numerous books on creativity. Here are some titles that have been particularly helpful when it comes to developing a journaling habit.

The Artist's Way by Julie Cameron

This book is a 12-week course to kick-start your creative journey. It includes lots of reflection exercises and an introduction to morning pages. Don't read it, do it!

Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

A friend recommended this book to me in college and it gave me the courage to take my journal writing seriously as a tool to improve my writing in general.  I took to heart her advice to not worry about the tools and focus on the act of writing. Pretty notebooks do not a journaler make. Grab anything that holds pages and anything that writes and WRITE! That's all that matters.

Bird by Bird by Anne Lammott

A writing person's classic for good reason, Lammott is all about commitment to process. In other words, if you want to write, you're going to have to sit down and write. Sounds simple, but it isn't easy to do.