Help with Journaling

I get paid to write, but that doesn’t mean that my scrapbook journaling blocks rock. In fact, there are many times I end up talking myself out of including them in a layout because I feel as though people will judge them too harshly. Meaning, I don’t feel I can casually jot down random thoughts and feelings because people expect more from my entries.

For example, I am currently creating a collection of mini scrapbooks for my mom’s birthday. Unfortunately, I am under a severe time crunch, and while one of the books demands that I include journaling, I am putting off writing because of the pressure.

It’s not that I have writer’s block, but the expectation to write something extremely touching or funny under deadline is dreadful to me. To help, I’ve been working on a list of things I admire about my mom. Later I will go back and select a few to journal about. Since I am designing mini scrapbooks I don’t have much space, so I will have to choose my words and embellishments carefully.

When you are having trouble journaling another good idea to get the creative juices flowing is to get ideas from others. I recently called my brothers and had them share some funny stories from our past that are sure to make my mom smile. Now that I think about it, I should have them write a list of the things they love most about our mom so I can include that in the books as well.

If you are really struggling to come up with the right words to feature in a journaling block, look for inspiration from books, magazines or greeting cards. Often a special poem or even a favorite song can put into words exactly how you feel about a certain person or subject. Print some of the stanzas or lyrics and expand on why the words are the perfect fit for your journal entry.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.