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New Journal Writer's Block and How to Overcome it

Updated: 25/11/2019

You decided to start a journal, signed up for our great online app offering and then here we are. You click the compose new entry button and face a blank sheet. After starring at it for a while, you feel a pressure piling up on you. Feelings of doubt shoot throughout your brain. Questions make their appearance. What can I write about? Can I write a real entry and not just a sentence? Will it be interesting? Will the entry have captured my emotions? I managed to write an entry but what about tomorrow? This should be easy, shouldn't it?

That's some of the questions the appear uninvited to your mind and will bother you whenever you open a blank sheet. Then, there are a few good days, in which everything seems to flow naturally without much thought. This post aims to help you increase the number of those good days and make your entries interesting. This same post used the same advice I will layout to you to get written. Yeah, I'm a no better man, even though I write journal entries for as long as I can remember. The writer's block is always lingering around and never disappears truly. Being a new writer makes it more daunting, but don't despair, you will soon write interesting and longer than expected journal entries.

Motivation to start writing anything

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We are blessed with a nearly unlimited storage capacity for memories, but where we struggle is in retrieving them when we need them. That is what forgetting and the tip of the tongue experience is all about. You can remember vividly an experience that played out in your life short-term. After time passes this memory becomes more blurry until in the end it is covered and buried under hundreds of other memories. Recalling this memory back demands serious cognitive effort. It most often needs a deep feeling attached to it to make the retrieval process easier.

This is why you should write down the memories you want to remember. The feelings you have about the experience will strengthen when you push yourself to share them with yourself in your entry. They will get transferred from your mind to the writing medium, establishing a mental connection. The blank page in front of you becomes another person that you can talk to. You get to think about and connect the memory to other memories and experiences you had which resemble that one.

The Start Writing Method

One of the best advises out there that I learned on writing was to write whatever comes to my mind first. May it be silly or not, it doesn't matter. You are in the end the sole audience who will read it anyway. Describe something you did on that day or a thought you have had when you observed something and voila you will have written about something. You don't believe you can do it? Trust me, you can. It is humanly possible for me to start a writer's block article with the advice to start writing, adding hundreds of words to my post. You can do it too! Don't take it seriously, make fun of yourself.

You did nothing today worth mentioning? It doesn't matter actually! Go out of that box, enjoy writing about things you did in the past, about things you would like to do in the future. About that pesky fly which is bothering you the whole time, you try to help people writing a few words in their entries. That fly could possibly be just an imaginary fly to help deliver your point, which pfff in my case isn't true. I will keep writing. I'm on a mission and nothing will stop me.

How do I spend my day?

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A journal can become a source to track your daily activities. No creativity or phantasy is needed. You don't have to think about anything. Writing down facts that truly happened can build self-awareness of how you spend your day. When you look back to those entries, they can help you to determine how you want to spend your days in the future. Keep the things that make you happy and eliminate the ballast. Some of the most obvious categories to track are Date, Day Quality (use a numeric system or the emoji system provided by Mynlo), Bedtime, Wake time, Sleeping hours, Exercise, What I did.

Do it for as long as you need to see a pattern in your behavior and explore which things you like in your life and which not. Play with the parameters like Bedtime and see which time gets you the best sleep. Sleeping hours will help you to find out how many hours you need to sleep to be fully energized the next morning. You can add any category that you want to work on. Count the glasses of water you drink, what you eat, how many pages you have read, what you got from the book and so on.

Writing Prompts

That's the cheat code of journal entry creativity ignition. Don't tell anybody, but writing prompts have helped to build many successful writing careers. Why they are successful and what are writing prompts? Writing prompts are one-sentence questions asking about your life and beliefs. They are easy to answer because most of the time we humans have an opinion about everything. There are thousands of writing prompts out there and you surely will find a considerable amount that you would like to answer.

We compiled a list of 52 fun writing prompts. They contain fun areas of interest, like movies, hobbies, things you did and things you would like to do. We aim to add even more writing prompts articles to our blog, enabling you to find the right writing spark when you need it. We actually have written another one, although written is not the right word here. It's a gallery of interesting images building a library of visual writing prompts. Take a look at it and your brain will do the work.

Write when you are emotional

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The best time to write pieces of text which are interesting to read afterward and get written without much hassle and thought is when you are emotionally loaded. To make your writing emotional, you must tell a story and the substance of that story must be the gain or loss of things hoped for or things loved. To elicit emotions in your writings, you have to have emotions. So if you do have emotions about what you are writing about, you need to analyze them. Ask yourself simple questions like, what makes you happy or sad or angry or disgusted by the story, or what somebody did, or what somebody failed to do?

As guidance, we have written a blog article listing all the basic emotions/feelings to make it easier to find the right one when you are in doubt about what you feel. Writing emotionally isn't about using your brain hemisphere which controls logical thinking. The most important factor of writing emotional is not to think about things but let your emotions flood to your fingertips. Let the emotions come to you and convey what you are feeling in your writing. You can, later on, edit your entry to make it easier to understand or to add more details to specific sections. The best tip when writing emotional is, not to think.

Wishing you a long journal writing career

We hope you found the information you were seeking for and you will use these nuggets of wisdom from long-time journal writers to build your own journal writing career. Many aspiring and successful writers who have sold millions of books or became great speakers by having started to write in a journal. Really nobody knows for sure exactly what you will gain by writing in a journal, but what matters most, is that in the end, you will gain something and not losing anything. Going with this mindset into journal writing will make it easier for you to put aside doubts that arise from time to time because writing a journal demands some time and space to dedicate to it. We are positively inclined to believe that you will succeed and wish you the best.

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