Write Your Own Story




As long as there has been something to write on, humans have been keeping journals. You could even say that the earliest cave drawings were journals—capturing the events of a hunt, drawing pictographs that related stories, creating images of the sacred.

A journal is a way of recording and reflecting on your inner life. It is a way of expressing yourself freely, trying out outrageous ideas, tapping into inner wisdom, clarifying thoughts and feelings, recording your dreams, venting emotions, tracking your personal growth, and delighting in unexpected “Ahas”!


A journal is a safe haven, a non-judgmental friend and a trusted confidante. Journal writing is good for our health; it relieves stress, can help boost our immune system, and improve our feeling of well-being.


There’s no right or wrong way to keep a journal. You don’t need expensive equipment. The tools are a notebook—whether a special blank book, a composition book from your local drugstore, or  loose-leaf pages—and a pen you enjoy. You can use a computer, but writing by hand is more physical; it keeps you in touch with your breath and your heartbeat.

The only rule about journaling is “Allow!”


Guidelines for Journaling

Write as regularly as you can--at the same time of day, if you can. It is not necessary to write every day, but the more frequently you journal, the easier it will become and more productive you'll be. If you can set aside twenty minutes or a half-hour every morning or evening, or during lunch break, and simply begin writing, you'll be amazed at what you'll discover.

The morning is an especially good time to write: your mind is fresh; your dreams are still alive. Practice writing your dreams down whenever you can. ...

  1. Keep your hand moving. Write quickly and freely. Don't stop to edit or re-read what you've written until you've completed the session. If you get stuck, write, "I don't know what to write," or "I'm stuck." Repeat the same phrase or sentence, if necessary, until something else comes. Writing from wherever you are will move you to the next place.

  2. Don't worry about spelling, punctuation or grammar. Don't worry about it being "good," or "right." There's simply no wrong way to do it.

  3. Go deep. Writing about what matters most will give the most benefit.

  4. Leave your censor outside the door. This is free writing. Simply allow the words to come and let yourself be surprised. In the words of Julia Cameron, author ofThe Artists' Way, "The creative process is a process of surrender, not control." Have fun!

Suggestions for Getting Started

  1. Begin with a few chosen words. "Today I...," "I feel...," "I want...," "I don't know..." or "I remember...." Just follow your pen. It won't take you further than you want to go.

  2. Be imaginative. Write about what color you like and why, your kitchen drawer, or your mother's hair.Describe the weather, your room, or the sounds you hear. Let it lead you somewhere.

  3. Explore the positive along with the negative. C