6 Proven Methods to Help You Start Journaling

Learning how to journal isn’t always as simple as it seems, though. To get started, you will need to identify your reasons for starting a journal and what you hope to accomplish during your journey. 

Your fancy new leather-bound journal just arrived at your front door. You rip open the box and excitedly pull it out, then head to your cozy writing alcove. With pen in hand, you open your journal to the first page and put pen to paper. 

Nothing happens. Your mind is blank. You’d think that ideas would flow through you, but you’re stuck. What should you write? 

Brain Dump

Start with a simple brain dump.  Transfer all of the information from your brain into your journal. Not only will this help you untangle your mind, but it will also give you a starting point for your journaling adventure. 


Journaling for self-care can help you feel better about yourself and your situation. It can make you happier and lift your spirits to put you in a better mood.

Free Writing

Freewriting is an entirely different type of journaling experience.  It’s the process of putting pen to paper and writing whatever pops into your head, whether it be a story idea, a to-do list, how you feel, or anything else. In short, it’s writing directly from a stream of consciousness.