Friday, October 27, 2006

Journal Endings

For most of my students this is now the end of the semester and academic year. This means handing in your journals too!

My last piece of advice is to make sure that you treat your journal like any otehr assignment. Pop on a cover page, put it in a presentation folder and make sure it looks neat and tidy for your reader. They will appreciateit when they have 120 to read!

It is also a nice touch to write a final entry (whether youa re asked to or not). This isn't about adding marks, but more about having a sense of finishing a product.

And if you enjoyed the journal process then by all means join the many journallers who write regularly about all kinds of things, in all kinds of ways. You can be more creative when you know it isn't for a mark!

Happy end of semester.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Write the Day You Wish

Waht would you write in your journal in the morning, if you KNEW that what you wrote would be what happened?

It's an interesting thought isn't it? If you believe that your thoughts determine the experiences you have, then how powerful might it be to write your journal with all the things you wish for in your day ahead.

You could even write it as if the day had already happened.

Hmmm ... what would I wish for? What would you wish for?

Monday, October 09, 2006

Journals are a place to relax ... or not ...

Your journal can be anything you like. Anything. You might draw, paste, scribble, plan, write lists, write fiction ... or a combination of these and many more techniques.

Your journal doesn't have to be some special format. It only has to work for you.

So perhaps you DO write/keep a journal now I have expanded the definition of a journal for you?

I was talking to a goal orientated, organised 18 year old yesterday ... she told me she didn't keep a journal. "But I have a notebook I write eveything in" ... she explained ... every trip I have planned, each to do list, my lists of everything.".

This is her tool to write in and record parts of her life ... is that not what a journal does?

The lesson for today? There is no need to start your journal pages with a date and "dear Diary ..." There is only a need to make it work for you ....

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Day Dreaming is Hard Work!

Day dreaming is hard work. Don't let anyone tell you any different - please.

I feel strongly that we spread the word ... that the whole world learns to understand that for writers, journallers, and generally all creative types, day dreaming is hard work and an essential daily activity.

Think about it. Just a little. If the great inventors, writers and philosophers didn't sit under trees, look out to sea or even stare in to open space ... would we have a theory of gravity, so many fantastic novels, electricity or microwave ovens? I think not.

Day dreaming is the process of free thinking. A process which clears your mind of barriers and 'why not's' and re-fills your mind again with a perfect world and sometimes, just sometimes, the solution to how to achieve the perfect world.

Day dreamers unite. We need global action to promote our worthy cause.