With the creative power of imagination, creative journaling is birthed from the mind’s eye flipping through pages of written words in a kept journal or diary. Without a shred of doubt, keepers of diaries and journals have over the centuries experienced and dreamt about being immortalized by their words. Although most discovered works were in oral form, more is attached to journaling than adding passages of great eloquence and power on paper.

Often people have the notion that words are not enough to describe their feelings, thoughts, dreams, wishes, and visions of what the future brings, that written language which a journal chronicles is too small for people’s inner life; the only way out of all this is creative journaling. Creative journaling deals with authenticity, consciousness, and transformation of deep thoughts and emotions into words.

That said, what then can we call Creative Journaling?

Creative Journaling is a medium through which insight enters into one’s life; it is both a spiritual and emotional expression.  It uses both words and images as it triggers both sides of the brain: the writing which comprises the linear, logical left brain and the ocular or visual which includes the emotional, spiritual non-verbal right brain. It immensely deploys words, commonly as a piece of work that builds on art expression.

Usually, importance is often placed on the procedure, and not on the journey whose goal is to find their authentic self.  The method of journal prompts can be useful as it offers gateways for the exploration of issues, feelings, attitudes, beliefs, and wishes. It has tools which necessitate working with life dreams, spirituality, relationships, health, career, etc. These journal prompts commonly start with a proposition to scribble, doodle, or draw about a particular issue or topic.  Another tool is photos from magazines, your camera, etc.  Next, the journal-keeper writes about the visual images, be they abstract or representational.

There is a myriad of types of writing in Creative Journaling. They include the sharing of thoughts or words that come to your mind during therapy, conversation with what you dream about, what pictures are when translated into life situations, what often we observe in life, perceptivity, etc.

Photo collage is one handy tool used in creative journaling. It efficiently explores feelings and life dreams. Photo collage has an inbuilt dreamlike quality, as what is termed ‘realistic’ images are superposed to create surreal landscapes. Due to the reason stated, photo collage deploys access to the subconscious. The making of a collage of feelings, goals, or issues we contend with makes it possible to express challenges, conflicts, or crisis; it enables us to think in pictures. With the use of visual aids, the transformation begins, problems become easily solved, and the desired result gained.

Kacie is an author of both fiction and creative nonfiction writing. She is a small business consultant, a philanthropist, and unspeakable optimist dedicated to inspiring women. She is often found in her office working, sewing and listening to Smokey Robinson. Visit her website to learn more: https://kacieclement.com


Lakes Area Writers Alliance is a writers group in Brainerd, Minnesota that offers support, encouragement, and critique to members and visitors to their monthly meetings.


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