What is Your Journaling Style?

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So you’re ready to give yourself a 30-day journaling challenge? That is great! Before you load yourself up with a bunch rules, or go off and buy a fancy $20, bound-thingy, we thought we’d give you a few options to work with. Whether you write, draw, sing, or like to talk your head off, we have a mode for you to work with! There are plenty of ways to lay your thoughts down.

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Bound Journals:

Sometimes in order to stick to a challenge, we need to make a little bit of an “investment.” Yes, bound journals can be a little on the pricey side, but if tossing in a few bucks is what you need to keep your daily journaling on-track, then go for it.

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Moleskine Notebooks:

The great thing about Moleskines is that they’re typically pretty inexpensive and compact, making it easy to write anywhere. Moleskines are specifically a great recommendation for this challenge simply because they are thin. While some people are inspired by 100 blank pages, others might find all of that “creative space” a little intimidating. Nothing wrong with starting small.

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Composition Notebooks:

Hey, these are always a classic choice. They are a nice “middle ground” between a bound, fancy thing, and a regular pad of paper. Plus for a couple dollars more you can “go green” with a Decomposition Notebook made out of 100% post-consumer-waste recycled pages.

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Legal Pads:

With that said, there is nothing wrong with going the no-frills route. Heck, John Grisham got his start writing on legal pads every morning, so if going out and buying up a college-ruled notebook makes you comfortable, then you’re set!

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Cloud Word Processing Apps:

Sometimes thoughts have a funny way of flowing. If you don’t enjoy the formality of putting a pen to paper, then we suggest journaling by creating a document using a cloud-based word processor like Google Docs, Evernote, or Office 365. The great thing about these apps is you can literally journal everywhere, and no matter what (fires, floods, crazy breakups, etc.) your journal will be impossible to lose!

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Sketch Books:

If you are a writer/illustrator, we wholeheartedly encourage you to do both throughout your journaling challenge. Sure, you can totally draw on lined pages, we just didn’t want all you other artsy folk to think you were off the hook!

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Digital Voice Recorders:

This option isn’t for everyone, but the fact is, some of us really need to verbalize things in order to process them. If this sounds like you, then embrace it, and get yourself a personal recorder to journal with. In addition to that suggestion, most smart phones have a way to record voice memos, too.  This recording method can also be a very strong revision tool. Hearing what you have written out loud can allow your work to take on a new meaning.

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Review Your Stuff:

Look, there are a ton of ways to journal. If you want to count “journal time” as your actual work time, that’s great! That means you are working! You’re only one person, don’t stress. The point is, the power of journaling is having a body of work to come back to. Even if on day 3 you hit on *the idea* make sure to take time to always go a few days back, and review what you got out. You never know!


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Caitlin Cutt

Caitlin Cutt has been a writer and producer of successful online digital content since 2009, creating content for small businesses. She gained her spot in the world of YouTube as the voice of the successful, teen self-help web series, WellCast. A standup comedian herself, Caitlin is our director of programming, and will soon be heading up our Comedy division!