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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.

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.

Awareness of the ‘ripples of existence’

This week’s post looks at how you can use journaling for creativity to see beyond the obvious and gain awareness of events and choices from long ago; developing active observation to see the defining signature of someone or something by their choices and of choices made for them.

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.

The Many Benefits of Digital Journaling

This week we feature a guest post by Sam Lytle from easyjournaling.
Sam and his wife Tiffany, devote their blog to all aspects of digital journaling, and theirs may be the only blog dedicated to exactly how silicon chips can make your journaling a more fulfilling experience (and easier).
So if you need to know something about digital journaling, Sam and Tiffany are the people to ask.
We are honoured to have their post for you this week.

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…”

Journaling word games: A starter for…

A fun little game to get your creative juices flowing. It can be played in your creativity journal as a single exercise or in parts, spread across any available moments.

All you have to do is complete a starter sentence for an unwritten story in as many different ways as possible, that’s all.

Simple, yes?

Media Options: What to capture images with, pt3

Ok, I hope that I have established that when journaling for creativity, art is important. What then can be used to make an art based entry in your journal?
An easy question, with no easy answer.