6 Journaling Tips When You’re Feeling Uninspired to Write

6 Journaling Tips When You’re Feeling Uninspired to Write

Writer’s block happens to the worst of us and journaling has the same energy as writing. On good days, you can write ten pages of thoughts. On bad days, you can barely put together your to dos. To keep a consistent habit of journaling, you need to be writing everyday. But the catch-22 is that when you’re not feeling like writing or uninspired to write about things, then your journal will be a bare place.

The last thing you want to do is force something out. It reminds me of that moment in Sex and the City when Carrie just wrote about socks. It’s an unpleasantness, but you can most definitely find inspiration in the moments when you feel like there’s none.

This post is inspired by a friend who was working through a writing slump. I know those feelings way too often, so I’ve kept a handful of ways to beat those journaling blues when they come up. As a kid, I used to fill my pages with tons of random things. From crappy poetry to what teacher was bugging me at the time, my journal was a place to be creative. I would write in different colored pens or work on my hand-lettering. I’m still really bad at hand-lettering, but journal pages are like practice for me. I probably only break it out for my holiday cards, but it makes my pages feel fun and it takes up a lot of space.

But if you’re looking for more tips on what to do when you’re stumped, check out these great options:

  1. Find quotes that speak to what you’re feeling: decorate your page with fancy lettering and the quotes of a favorite song, from your favorite book, or even google a quote that resonates with you at that moment
  2. List your favorites of something. What are your top 10 favorite ice cream flavors? What are some of your favorite activities to do outside?
  3. Talk about your TV or media consumption. What’s a show you’re really into lately? What are the components you enjoy about it?
  4. Find yourself some writing prompts online. This world has so many great writers that share writing prompts. Pinterest has a ton!
  5. Share your recipes, knitting projects, grocery finds, or hobbies with your journal! You can even keep notes on your projects in your journal
  6. Paste in ticket stubs, your favorite brand of tea, or receipts from the bookstore. Junk journaling is super popular to keep your mementos

Remember that your journaling is for you and no one else. The pages don’t need to be the most profound writing and it could be as silly as your new favorite cocktail for happy hour. Make your journal yours!

New Pencils from CW Pencil Enterprise

New Pencils from CW Pencil Enterprise

I’m such a nerd. I’m the kind of nerd who loves to buy pens and pencils and paper that’ll take me my entire life to use. But it makes me happy and I thought I’d share of that on here under my Writing category. I mean, it technically is writing since you use them to put thoughts on paper.

When I was living back in New York, I really wanted to go to the CW Pencil Enterprise in the West Village. I never got to go, but luckily there’s a thing called “shipping” and I was able to stock up on some really crisp pencils for annotating my books.

Before I get into the pencils, I do want to mention that these are all HB grade. What’s being measured here is the hardness and the darkness of the graphite in the pencil. For HB, the pencil will make a hard and dark mark in whatever you’re writing. It’s a good grade for people who are normally writers than artists. It’s also a good grade for annotation.

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In some place amongst the stars is a dream where I can use a red pencil and a black pencil attached to each other so I can make edits in a manuscript. I don’t know if that dream will ever come true, but I can always use a dual pencil for annotating books IN RED. I feel like writing in red is such a taboo thing. The Editor is made to switch off between red and black pencil. It’s great for grading, but for me it’s fun to write in RED.

I’m also a fan of the Blackwing Palomino 602. Blackwing Palomino is considered the Porsche 911 of pencils. The body reads HALF THE PRESSURE, TWICE THE SPEED in bold capitalized letters as if it’s got something to prove.

For the Mitsu-Bishi 9850, the fact that a car company makes pencils is still a truth I’m trying to work through in my brain. I figured it was a coincidence that Mitsubishi is also the name of a pencil making company, but judging by the classic symbol, I doubt that.

The Swiss Wood Caran D’Ache has been my daily driver recently. It’s a beautiful colored wood with a cinnamon-y scent to it. It’s also a dream to write with where the graphite doesn’t lose all power before you finish writing a sentence. I will probably get more of these despite it not having an eraser on the end.

 

 

Writer’s Block – February 20, 2019

Writer’s Block – February 20, 2019

I’m a tad bit blocked recently and in more ways than one. Not only am I stuck with what to read next or enjoying my reads, but I’m also stuck creatively with my writing. So, I’ve decided to write about it. There’s nothing better than writing about your issues than thinking about them.

Perhaps these writer’s block moments will be a nice life update instead. It might be a little bit boring, or it might be fun. I don’t know, but hopefully it’ll help break this writing spell I’m under. Let’s see what’s been happening with my life.


It’s been pretty cold in LA

I moved to LA because I wanted to get away from the cold and desolation of New York. I’m not an entertainer or someone who wants to get famous, so my life in this city is a little less stressful than those who are trying to make it. The last time I visited here during the winter it was 90 degrees and super sunny. I was expecting this when moving here, but the weather has been…different. In fact, it’s been more rainy than it has been in New York. While the temperature isn’t as frigid, it feels that way when you’re not prepared for winter. We still have our puffy coats, gloves, hats, and mittens, but I’ve refused to take them out. This is not the city of puffy coats, but it doesn’t feel like the city I was expecting. I can’t wait until the Spring when hopefully it’ll be warmer.

I’m going to San Diego next month

I’m really excite about this. Bucky and I were discussing how we’ve been getting the travel itch lately. We went out with some friends to a local Irish pub to listen to music and while we were there, we talked about traveling. I know I never look excited about traveling, but I am. I just don’t chirp for joy and only think about logistics; hotel, airplanes, car rental, what to do, what to eat, what to see, etc. Having plans to visit San Diego really help with the travel itch. It’s only three hours away from us, plus we have friends out there. Bucky’s best friends will be coming out to SD too, so it’ll be a big fun affair. Have you ever gone traveling with another group of people? I’ve never done it. I usually travel alone or with one other person. It’ll be fun to see all the same faces, but in a different city.

I’ve rearranged my desk to include my TBR

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Recently I moved all the plants off my desk to a brighter spot in the house. They weren’t looking so great and I just love having books from my TBR sitting on my desk. It gives it a sense of dimension; if the dimension was some universe where books rule my life. Oh wait.

But now that I have books on my desk, it feels fuller. I would love to get a little shelf right above the books on the right. It’ll have more books on it, but maybe even some trinkets that didn’t make the desk. That’s right, having this many books on your desk means less cute stuff.

I’m starting a new workout regime tomorrow

I’m a little nervous today because I’m going to the gym tomorrow for the first time in over nine months. When I first made working out a priority, I felt super great. But with the move and finding a gym, it’s been tough. Tomorrow I’m starting weight training, which isn’t easy but it’s also easier than many other workout regimes. Bucky thinks it’ll be good because I’m a lazy person who wants to eat anything I want and believes this will be the best workout for me. It’s an hour in the gym lifting weights and then back home to sit down and let the soreness subside. And somehow it lets you stay fit for the rest of your life. Who knew!

I randomly want February to end

I think I’ve been a bit beat up this month. Reading was a bust. Writing was terrible, so I’m ready for February to end and for March to begin. Only 28 more days.

How’s your February going?