Creativity is like gold for writers, whether you’re working on a new novel or something as personal as a journal. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for those who write often to experience creative blocks. When you feel like you’re in a rut, or “stuck” on your words, it can be frustrating.
Thankfully, there are plenty of activities that can inspire creativity for journaling. If you’re willing to step away from the journal for a while and try something different, you can find the creative spark you’re looking for.
Studies have shown that trying something different can boost your creativity, so stepping outside of the box and taking a break from writing could be the best way to find inspiration. Another study showed that over 70% of people have their most creative thoughts in the shower, so you can always start there! But, if you’re ready to try something new to get out of your creative rut and find inspiration, it’s easier than you might think.
With that in mind, let’s cover three simple and fun activities you can do to inspire creativity for journaling.
Spend Time Outside
There are so many benefits to spending time in nature, including:
● It boosts your mood and can fight against mental health conditions
● It gives you a boost of Vitamin D
● Lower blood pressure
● Reduced stress levels
● It may improve your brain function
Because being outside can improve your mood and give you more energy, it should be no surprise that it’s a creativity booster. Even sitting outside and relaxing can help to clear your mind and let fresh ideas come in. But, if you’re looking for an activity, the options are endless.
Go for a hike, ride your bicycle around town, or head to your local dog park with your four-legged friend. If you really want to feel inspired, try something you’ve never done before, like geocaching. There are over 3 million geocaches all over the world waiting to be found. All you need is an app, and maybe a metal detector to help you get started. Geocaching is basically a modern-day treasure hunt. You use an app with coordinates to find a cache, and then leave one of your own behind. Using a metal detector makes life a bit easier to pinpoint exactly where the cache is once you get close.
It can also be inspiring to spend time outside with friends or family, doing something new. Whatever you decide, make sure you’re taking frequent breaks to hydrate and stay safe. Additionally, protect yourself by wearing sunscreen and UV blocking contact lenses that will prevent the sun’s rays from damaging your eyes.
Try to spend time outside each day, even if it’s only for a few minutes. You’ll quickly discover the activities you enjoy and the things that inspire you. Once you do, you can incorporate them into your life as much as possible, and enjoy the time you spend writing about them.
Change Your Scene
Getting outside locally is a great way to inspire creativity. But, if you’re still feeling stuck, going somewhere different can help. That might mean getting out of your house and heading downtown for the day.
Better yet, it could mean packing up and heading out for a road trip. No matter how far you go, a road trip can be empowering and inspiring. If you’ve been looking for a reason to take one, consider the benefits, including:
● Time for self-reflection
● Finding inspiration in nature
● Meeting new people
● Developing a deeper sense of gratitude
Road-tripping is a fantastic way to get inspired, and you’ll undoubtedly have countless journal entries to jot down about your experiences. Just make sure you know how to be safe on the road, especially if your car breaks down. Be prepared with supplies like water, a flashlight, and a first aid kit, and know how to call for help right away when you need it.
You don’t have to go far to gain inspiration on the road. Driving for even a few hours can take you somewhere completely new and exciting. Consider what sparks your creativity the most, whether it’s nature, people, or new experiences, and center your trip around that. Even sitting in a coffee shop and enjoying a treat while people-watching might trigger a long journal entry. You know your personality and what inspires you, so make it the basis of your trip.
Getting away from your present environment can also do wonders to inspire you. Sometimes, all it takes is a change of scenery to feel more creative and free. Try practicing mindfulness while you’re on your trip. It will allow you to focus on the present moment and where you are. It can also open up your mind and let thoughts come and go freely. When you’re not consumed with other thoughts, you can focus on the things that come naturally.
Check Out Other Art Forms
There is no shame in getting inspiration from other people and the content they create. You might hear a word or see something that triggers a spark in you. Or, you might just need some entertainment that keeps you from overthinking about everything. It might be hard to believe, but something as simple as watching a few videos on YouTube can help to get your creative juices flowing.
That doesn’t mean you need to fall into a YouTube “rabbit hole” and mindlessly watch content for hours. Utilizing any other form of media or art can help you to feel inspired. Listen to some music you love or something you’ve never heard before. Watch your favorite television show, or read a book.
You could also help yourself out while you’re taking in the work of others by creating writing prompts. Carry a small notebook with you or have a space within your journal for prompts. As you’re watching, listening, or reading, jot down whatever question/prompt comes to you. Prompts don’t have to be a “warmup” exercise for writing. They can inspire lengthy, meaningful journal entries. It’s okay to get that inspiration from others. You might think of a question or prompt that never would have crossed your mind, otherwise.
Journaling can be extremely therapeutic. It can also be inspiring, on its own. It’s not something that should feel forced or awkward in any way. So, don’t pressure yourself into “perfect” entries or force yourself to write something “just because”. Instead, wait for inspiration to strike. Your creativity isn’t gone forever, it just might need a little push. These activities can help you put your pen back to paper in no time.