Journaling causes you to push your edges. It has you exploring the confines of your comfort zone. It makes you question things and draw conclusions. It gives insight about the past, identifies areas of improvement, and helps your dreams take flight.
With that being said, if you journal on a regular basis, you’ll find times where you need inspiration for your posts. The creative well may have run dry and you look for things outside yourself to fill it once again. If that is the case, and it certainly will be from time to time, there are a number of different sources that can help you write freely once again.
Here are six places where you can mine material for future journal entries:
- The news. What’s going on in the world around you and how does it shape your perception of yourself? What concerns or excites you the most? How do you predict today’s events will shape the future?
- Other people’s blogs. Do you read other people’s blogs regularly? What type of ideas do they bring to the table? Do you agree with what they have to say or do you have a different viewpoint on a matter? Take a complex matter and argue for it and against it. It doesn’t make a difference what your opinion is. Doing an exercise like this helps you see both sides to every story written.
- Photographs. Flip through a magazine or glance through a photo gallery online. Select a picture and tell a story about it. What was happening behind the camera when the photo was shot? Who was standing in the background but away from the lens? What did the moment feel like for the subject? Where did it take place? Chances are you’ll get very few of the details correct, but you’ll have a great time picturing the events unfolding right before your eyes as if you were the one taking the photographs.
- Past events/old journals. What did you learn from your experiences? How can you prevent making the same mistakes in the future? What moments defined you as a person? Which things do you seek understanding of now? The past offers answers for the future.
- Your Facebook feed. What types of posts do you consider thought-provoking? Are there certain types of status updates or photos you respond to most? Did a Facebook friend bring up a valid point in one of his or her posts? How would you respond to what they’ve said? Record it in your journal.
- Your children, parents, and grandparents. Our family holds the key to our past, present, and future. Tap into their wealth of knowledge and insight to help create topics for future posts. Although situations may remain fresh in our memory banks today, there will be a time when details blur and conversations are forgotten. Don’t let all the wisdom go away before you document it.
You can draw journaling inspiration from your daily life. Remember that in order to keep subject matter fresh and interesting, you need to think outside the box from time to time and mine material wherever you can find it. This will keep you from becoming bored with journaling and provide you with an influx of subject matter you may have never written about before.