3 WRITING PROMPTS TO DEEPEN YOUR JOURNALING EXPERIENCE
Last week, I shared 3 tips for journaling regularly but I realized that for some, it's not about setting up a regular journaling routine as much as a need to know what to write.
There are tons (and I mean TONS) of journaling prompts available on Pinterest with the simplest search but sometimes I find those to feel a little... fake. There is a time and a place to write about your favorite colors and your top ten songs at the moment but I feel like that's more of a record for others to read and to get the full benefits of journaling, I feel it needs to go deeper.
So in an effort to go deeper without inundating you with hundreds of ideas, I've broken out 3 of the simplest, yet most effective ways to deepen your journaling experience.
- Share your day-to-day experience and include how you felt.
- Write a story of what you want your future to look like.
- Compose letters to your body.
1) Share your day-to-day experience and include how you felt.
In last week's article, I mentioned how once I started writing daily, it really helped me to just write what happened in my day instead of trying to play catch up. So in this instance, use a journal like you would expect and share your day-to-day doings. But don't just write a list of what you did, explore how those things made you feel and your emotions throughout the day. Doing this really opens up the journaling experience and allows you to use journaling as an emotional release and way to navigate your life.
2) Write a story of what you want your future to look like.
Journals aren't just for looking back, they can be a way to articulate what you want your future to be as well. To deepen your journaling experience, write a story about what you want your future to look like. And don't be afraid to rewrite the story as needed. Explore a story for the different areas of your life and share your hopes, dreams, and goals. It can be incredibly empowering to write your story and shape what you want your future to look like.
3) Compose letters to your body.
A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about writing letters to feel connected and happy. In that article, I specifically mentioned writing a letter to your body to introduce positive self-talk and improve communication with yourself. I highly encourage you to listen to Happiness Abound, The Podcast episode #141 to learn how to write to and receive a letter from your body and I recommend writing that letter as a journal entry. The beautiful part is, that you can write to your body as often as you feel like it so, like writing a story of your future, this is something you can do many times to continue to deepen your experience.
There are a million ways to journal and a million things to write about but to have a deeper writing experience, I suggest using these prompts. Have you written these things in your journal before?
Tune into Happiness Abound, The Podcast (Episode 168) for the audio reading of this blog article as well as to hear additional color commentary on the inspiration for this topic, the details of my journal writing experiences, and more.