In our first newsletter this year Personal Essay Expert and Instructor, Amy Paturel shared an expert tip encouraging writers to use a journal and start reflecting weekly. I loved the idea she gave of going back through the journal at the end of the year to reflect on growth and change and even discover ideas for personal essays.
Alan Henry suggests even more great reasons to keep a journal in his Lifehacker article Why You Should Keep a Journal (and How to Start Yours). Included in his list of reasons for keeping a journal are mental health benefits and harnessing creativity.
As bloggers and freelance writers, many of my readers are used to churning out writing for public consumption. This is great for lots of reasons, but there is something to be said for doing some writing for ourselves. While some of your journaling may eventually turn into stories that you’d like to publish, having a personal space to record thoughts in writing can have many benefits including stress reduction, thought organization, writing practice, capturing memories, and more.
Whatever your reason for journaling, I don’t think I know of a writer who wouldn’t like to get their hands on a bound book of blank pages waiting for their pen.
The following list of journals is a sampling of the many beautiful and practical options available to writers. There is really something for everyone!
For the time-crunched
The One Line A Day journal contains space for 5 years of journal entries of just one line a day. There is also a Mom’s One Line A Day journal for those of you who prefer journaling to scrapbooking. Baby or wedding shower gift anyone?
For the inspiration seeker
The She Believed She Could So She Did journal was created by a woman with more than 25 year in the newspaper industry, who by using the mantra on the cover was able to launch into her career choice of editor.
For the minimalist
The Lemome Pocket Journal is a pocket sized journal with a cover made of eco-friendly cork. It has a small footprint at only 3.5 x 5.5″ with features like premium paper to keep pens from bleeding through.
For the grid fan
If you love writing on graph/grid-lined paper, the Essentials Grid-lined Notebook is a great option. With a durable hard cover and bleed-resistant paper, this journal will feed your creativity.Which Journal Matches Your Personality? Click To Tweet
For the self-explorer
“Start Where You Are is an interactive journal designed to help readers nurture their creativity, mindfulness, and self-motivation.” Filled with prompts, exercises, and inspiration, this journal option is best for those looking for a guided format for self exploration.
For the dreamer
Studio Oh! Chalkboard Dream Deconstructed Journal is compact in size and opens flat with an exposed binding. Victor Hugo fans will love the quote on the front of this journal illustrated by chalkboard artist Valerie McKeehan.
For the green-minded
This Tree-Free Greetings Journal uses 100% post consumer recycled materials for its pages — not trees! Add to that a made in america origin and cute baby turtles on the cover for a customer ratings favorite.
For the goal-oriented
The Freedom Journal touts itself as The Best Daily Planner to Accomplish Your #1 Goal in 100 Days. A bit pricier than other journals on this list, The Freedom Journal uses “scientific strategies proven to increase your ability to stay focused and accomplish your goals”. This journal purchase also gives you access to a private Facebook group where you can interact and engage with others for support and guidance.
For the quirky
The Dapper Foxes Journal displays foxes in all sorts of forest finery on the cover. If foxes are not your thing, choose one with llamas, pandas, dog portraits, or my personal favorite, smiling sloths.
For the cheerful organizer
The Bright Ideas Journal has a rainbow of colors visible in its exposed binding. Unlined multi-colored pages that lay flat in this compact journal that divides colorful sections into Rosy Outlooks, Evergreen Observations, Sunny Thoughts and more.
The Thick Classic Notebook with Pen Loop is the luxurious vanilla flavor of journal that everyone will like. Features like a sturdy cover, pen loop, lay-flat open, expandable pocket, and 180 pages of high quality paper, make this a winner for most writers.