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Journaling for Creativity.

The 24 types of journal entry when Journaling for Creativity

So far on the blog we have discussed what journaling for creativity is, and have listed the things that you may scribble, snap, click, type or place an entry into or on to. In the next section, we will be working our way through the different types of entry that may become part of your creative journal and today’s post summarises the areas we will be covering in the weeks to come.

Journaling word game: Forming recurrence in sentences

“Recurrence” is a quick game of creating sentences that contain some form of recurring sound, structure or emotion; a game that is best played in your creative journal when you have five minutes to spare.
Recurrence is often used as a blunt instrument in speeches to impart strong emotions, and this is where we are most likely to recognise it.
However, it can also be used with far more delicacy and doing so can transform prose.

Journaling dates and Artist dates

This weeks post examines the journaling date and how it differs from Julia Camerons ‘Artists date’.
” – The journaling date is one of the basic, but also one of the most important, tools in using your journal for creativity. It matters little how many advanced techniques such as active listening, active looking, mindfulness, emotive note taking, awareness, sensory extension or temporal envisioning, you have learned if they are not practised and employed in your journal. – “

Journaling word games: Illuminating alliterations

This week’s journaling for creativity game is a fun exercise in combining word sounds by forming alliterations. The game can be played at any time, either as a quick mental exercise or as part of a longer diversion in your journal.
The game at first appears to be purely a linguistic exercise and therefore should be a left-brain, logical-mind, task. However, since the sound of the word is key to making the alliteration work, and since sound is processed in our artistic right-brain, our creative-mind, the game guides both logical and creative minds into working together.

Forming Portmanteaus to improve creativity

After last week’s more intense journaling for creativity game, this weeks journaling game is a relaxed quickie, one you can play at any time.

It is a simple game of mentally forming portmanteaus and recording the best ones in your creativity journal.

Mind training games: The ripples of existence

This weeks game is a game best played when you have time to relax and ponder.

The concept of the game is straightforward; think about or study a person, item or event, then describe it by using the effects it causes without ever mentioning it.

Nothing exists in isolation; simply by existing, an item will cause some effects in the world around it. Visualise these as if things are a rock surrounded by water and from it ripples are spreading out and away, affecting the watery world around it.

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…”