Are you curious about discovery journaling?
One thing that I have learned is that there are SO many different ways to journal. Today I am going to talk about journaling specifically for self-discovery.
This is my favorite way to journal. It keeps my creative fountain flowing, helps me view things from a different perspective and find solutions to my problems.
There is no wrong way to do discovery journaling. What I am giving you today is my method of discovery journaling.
What is discovery Journaling?
You might be asking yourself how discovery journaling is different from keeping a diary.
It is different from keeping a diary because you are not merely recounting your days in your journal. You will write about your days or a particular moment AND reflect on or analyze your entry.
The reflection is where the discovery occurs! So don’t skip that step. It is very important to the process.
My Journaling Process
When I sit down to write, I don’t do any planning or thinking about what I am going to write. I simply write whatever pops into my head at the moment and keep going until nothing else comes out.
I think the “professional” term for this is freewriting or free-association writing.
Much of the time, if something was eating at me subconsciously writing this way brings it to the surface so I can deal with it.
It also has a way of leading me to my next creative writing project and uncovering new ideas.
After I finish writing I go back and analyze what I have written using the following questions:
- How did you feel about that situation in the moment?
- How do you feel about it now that time has passed?
- How did you react?
- Could you have reacted differently? Should you have?
- What lessons did I learn?
When I am going through and reflecting on my writing, I write these answers out as well. I don’t just go through the motions in my head. The idea here is to be able to go back and re-read things from the past and continue to learn from them.
What about prompts?
Sometimes I like to use writing prompts to journal from. These come in extra handy if I have writers block or need some creative inspiration.
Here are 10 prompts to get you started:
- If you were guaranteed success in anything you tried, what would you pursue? Why?
- When your life is over what do you want people to remember about you? Why are these things important to you?
- If today was your last day on Earth how do you think people would remember you? (example: would they say you were kind?)
- What is your greatest struggle in life? Brainstorm ways to help you through it.
- Make a log of your day as you go. That night, reflect on your activities. Are you happy with how you are spending your time? Are there any changes you want to make?
- Write about your happiest memory in as much detail as you can. Why is this memory so special to you?
- What is your favorite quote? Why is it your favorite?
- Tell the story of your life using song titles. Explain your choices as you go.
- Imagine your life 5 years from now. What do you see?
- List your fears and explain why they scare you. Are these things you would like to overcome? If so, come up with ways to help yourself.
Do you journal already or are you new to the concept? Was this helpful? Let me know in the comments below!