Personal Renewal Through Journal Writing
Theme for April NaJoWriMo (Course starts April 1st)
The theme for these 30 days of prompts is about personal renewal. Journal writing can help us think, process, and reflect on the changes we want to make in our life.
- What challenges have we not been facing?
- What's something new we could try?
- What's a habit we to need bury or develop?
- What have we lost and want to bring back in our life?
- What new paths do we want to start on?
- What is about ourselves we to change or improve upon?
Our journal is the perfect place to write, explore and ponder these questions through writing.
And remember, just the act of writing itself can reveal submerged thoughts and ideas. Writing can help us figure out things it and connect to truths that we often overlook.
If you work through these prompts you will discover more about yourself, and reconnect to some of the creative energy you may have lost as you grew up.
Bakari Chavanu is the creator of the National Journal Writing Month project. He's a full-time blogger, author of Starting From Day One: Using the Day One Journaling App to Record and Enrich Your Life.
I've definitely been enjoying my first experience with NaJoWriMo! I didn't realize what a rut my journaling had fallen into until I started working with the daily prompts for this October theme. I've discovered unexpected advantage as well. I write fiction but recently entered the genre arena of creative nonfiction/essays. The NaJoWriMo prompts have helped me loosen up the scholastic ultra-formality I learned for essay writing long ago in school.
Thanks, Bakari! I'm already looking forward to the next NaJoWriMo!
Thank you Bakari for commenting on my first entry of the #NaJoWriMo! And yes, you are right, there was ”more creativity” within me than I first thought once I sat down with the question of the initial prompt.
Will use the prompts to spark new blog posts, but possibly spread them out more than on a daily basis!
--HERO — the coach (http://herothecoach.com/2015/10/02/day-1-najowrimoprompt-describe-your-creative-side/)
Too often, my journal devolves into something more like a record of daily events rather than creative expressions or inner explorations. This will be the first time I've worked with prompts for a guided journaling experience. Looking forward to it. :)
Author and long time journal writer, Bakari Chavanu is the creator of National Journal Writing Month (NaJoWriMo), which begin January 1, 2015. Bakari is the author of the interactive book, Starting From Day One: Using the Day One Journaling App to Record and Enrich Your Life, and he’s been keeping a journal for over 35 years.