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Journaling for Creativity.

Journaling Media: Folders, binders and boxes

When journaling for creativity it is inevitable that other media will become part of your journal. These records of events, these entries are not as easily filed as written notes or digital recordings. Items such as; physical objects, cuttings, materials, aromas etc, may all find their way into your journal.

It may be uncomfortable for some people to accept it as journaling but an old piece of tree bark sitting on a window sill is no less creativity journaling than a thousand word entry exploring some inner truth.

Following are a few of the available mediums for storing these journal records, and although some of them have been mentioned in the previous ‘what to journal on’ posts, they are important enough to deserve their own detailed consideration here.

Mind training games: With this brick

This weeks game can be played both in your journal and socially with friends and family. It also makes a fantastic “keep the kids occupied” game whilst travelling.

The game’s origins date back to the swinging sixties, where it was devised by academics for measuring creativity. More recently, a modification of the game has been popularised in the television show “Whose line is it anyway?” in the form of “the prop-game”.

For this game, all you have to do is select an object, then list as many possible and diverse uses that you can dream up.

Journaling Word Game: Doing your lines

This weeks game is a simple little word game that you can make as big or as small as you like. You may fit it into idle moments or set time aside to work at it. The game involves seeing how many different ways, and from how many different perspectives you can write the same sentence, phrase or event.

Journaling media options: Recording sound, pt 2

This the second part of our post on recording sounds when journaling for creativity.
“…The modern laptop or tablet computer can also record sound samples and soundscapes out in the field. Whether the ambient sounds in an auction house or that of a body being dropped from a bridge (we presume in this case a live body wearing a swimsuit), sound sampling becomes wonderful creativity fodder…”

Mind training games: Anti-self protection

Part of the series of posts on games that can be played in a creativity journal to develop awareness and creativity.
“….This is one of the longer games you can play in your creativity journal and also one of the more serious games. A game that tricks your own self-protection system into allowing you to go where you are normally forbidden to go to…. “

Journaling word games: Describe a tactile sensation

When we include these memories and emotions, we start to begin to form tactile metaphors to describe the surface. In the above sentences, the first surface is ‘treacherous’ whilst the second is a ‘clean page’. Both are from the same root, both are slippery, and yet the two metaphors used here guide the reader’s thoughts quite differently.

Media Options, What to write on pt3

This is the third part of our look at the types of writing media that are available to the creative journaler considering how to journal. We now move on from the writer’s paper notebook and look at other ways that can be used to capture text.

Journaling media options: What to write on, pt2

Creative journaling can be and should be done anywhere. This will lead you to the situation of trying to write on your knee, against a rough wall, in the air etc. This also leads to the discovery that writing in a floppy notebook whilst out in the real and active world is the enemy of both legibility and good entries.

Mind training games: In the dark with your mind open

This game is designed to heighten awareness of the world around you. It does this by removing the visual input to the brain and so forcing it to evaluate the current situation using the only senses available to it; those of hearing, smell, touch and thought.

Journaling Media options: What to write on, pt1

Some of my most valued journal entries have been made on pocket-worn Post-it® notes, hastily scribbled down during a moment of inspiration and stuck inside wallet, pocket or bag for later transfer into a permanent journal.

It’s not cost, looks or size that is important, it is how you use it and how it works for you that is crucial.