Ran into a great idea while I was talking with my coach, Cynthia Morris, today. We were discussing my journaling challenge and this awesome book I’m reading (her recommendation) by Amy Krouse Rosenthal entitled Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life. I love the way it’s written as quick observations. Some entries are deep and meaningful. Others are playful and even silly.
Anyway, it got me thinking that this is a much more fun way to journal: tidbits of insight. Cynthia suggests using an “idea book” instead of a journal, which I really like. No pressure to come up with long, thoughtful entries each and every day, but the permission to think about the unthinkable, the unsaid, or the unwritten.
Need an example? Monday night I wrote about fingernails. Last night it was plastic plants. No, this doesn’t have anything to do with art, but has everything to do with pumping my creativity muscles.
I often recommend clients journal to get to their artist statement and say, “If it sounds too painful, write down your ideas and insights on scraps of paper and throw them into a shoe box.” An “idea box,” if you will.
The point is to capture the thoughts before they’re gone–however you go about it.
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